DiLisio’s Italian Restaurant Available at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital

If you’re spending time at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, and hopefully you’re not, you can now get a “Grab and Go” meal from your favorite Italian restaurant, DiLisio’s.

©DiLisio’s

Tony and Maria will be whipping up and delivering fresh lasagna, baked ziti, baked spaghetti, eggplant parmigiana, eggplant rollatini, and cannoli every day, Monday through Friday. The items will be available for cafeteria dine-in and take away for after cafeteria hours (the hospital cafeteria closes at 4pm). There is a microwave on site so you can reheat your dish and eat it there no matter the time. The cafeteria and market are closed on the weekends.

I’m so happy for Tony and Maria to have another outlet for their wares and I’m happy for the people at the hospital who have more than hospital food for dining options. I will admit that hospital food has gotten better but still.

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 168

In Episode #168, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray, and Lea talk about:

  • Lighthouse Restaurant closes.
  • Arigato.
  • Canteen Market & Bistro.
  • JJ’s Cuban Kitchen.
  • Tim had his first Burger Supreme burger.
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

A Community Staple Closes Permanently

The Lighthouse Restaurant, a place I had many a breakfast, a meeting, a conversation, even where one of my business partners and I had our first meeting, announced that they are closing for good. I don’t know what could be said that Michael Hastings didn’t already say. Know that this is his article in the Winston-Salem Journal and I’m only reprinting/reposting it. Thank you, Michael.


©Unks/WSJournal

The Lighthouse, one of the oldest operating Greek-owned restaurants in Winston-Salem, is closing for good after lunch service today.

“It’s just the pandemic. The revenue is not there,” said co-owner Steve Doumas, whose family has owned the business for most of its 66 years.

The Lighthouse, which first opened in 1954, also is considered the second-oldest restaurant downtown, behind Murphy’s Lunch (which opened in 1950 and currently is temporarily closed).

George Pappas opened the Lighthouse in the West End in 1954 at the intersection of Burke Street and Brookstown Avenue, across the street from its current location at 905 Burke St.

Within a few years, Alex Fragakis took it over. In 1962, he hired a young Nick Doumas, who turned out to be a natural in the kitchen and dining room. Doumas soon became the face and warm personality of the Lighthouse and would remain so for the next 50 years. Nick Doumas’ brother Louis joined the restaurant in 1966 and the two Doumas brothers became sole partners in the restaurant when Fragakis retired in the 1970s.
The Lighthouse became one of Winston-Salem’s most popular diners, a place to meet a friend for breakfast anytime or for such staples as spaghetti, fried flounder or pork chops.

In 1982, the Doumas brothers moved across the street to the current location. Nick Doumas died in 2016 at age 78 after an accident with an all-terrain vehicle, but the family continued to operate the business.

The current owners are Louis Doumas and Nick Doumas’ children: Steve Doumas, Joe Doumas, Vera Doumas Tucker and Gena Doumas Cook. Louis Doumas has not been actively involved in the restaurant since the pandemic began, but his son Harold Doumas has continued to manage the restaurant.

“It’s been a tough decision,” said Steve Doumas, who separately owns Camel City BBQ downtown.

The Lighthouse closed from mid-March, when the pandemic began, until July 10.

“We never did takeout. For diners, it’s tough now. This is the kind of restaurant where people come to eat in,” he said. Many customers came to the Lighthouse for the people as much as the food. Many of them were older — in the high-risk group for COVID-19 — and much of the menu just didn’t travel well, making it unsuitable for takeout.

City council member John Larson was one of many regulars at the Lighthouse. “I had breakfast and lunch there today. Sometimes I ate there three times a day. I practically raised my daughter there,” Larson said Thursday. “It was a real meeting ground. You’d see the mayor or city council members there. Bankers, lawyers would come in. Everybody came to that restaurant.”

Mary Haglund — the founder of Mary’s Gourmet Diner, which also decided to close during the pandemic — said that her first job in Winston-Salem was at the Lighthouse. “It was just one of those places where everyone really knew each other. The waitresses would always be cutting up and telling jokes,” she said. “And Nick and Louis, as long as you did your job, if you needed anything, you just had to ask and they would help you if they could. It was a fascinating place to work.”

The family owns the property at 905 Burke. Steve Doumas said that family members have not decided what to do about it. He left open the possibility that the Lighthouse could return.

“We don’t know what the future holds. As the five owners, we haven’t sat down and decided where we are headed next,” he said. “We might possibly look at reopening and reinventing the Lighthouse in the future.”

Chef Travis Myers and Ryan Oberle Announce Name of Their New Restaurant

Ryan Oberle (©WSJournal)

Chef Travis Myers

In an interview with The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast on Monday, Chef Travis Myers announced what the name of the long-awaited and much-anticipated restaurant that he owns with Ryan Oberle will be.

Before we get to the name unveiling, let’s talk about the restaurant.

The new restaurant is going to be located and featured in the newest (or is that oldest) phase of the Bailey Power Plant complex that has gone many changes in the last five years. It will feature a Grillworks wood-fired grill and will be the centerpiece of the culinary bar.

The first thing you see when you walk in the main doors, after the name of the restaurant, will be this beautiful Grillworks grill. Small sharable plates that can be customized to your liking will be the fare. Meats, veggies, and more will be done on the Grillworks grill and served for you and your party to enjoy together. What one person wants may not be what another in the party wants so, why compromise? Have a small plate customized for your party.

Woodwork done for the culinary bar and the cocktail bar will be from Sunnyside Mill Works. David Dalholt and his crew do a fantastic job with custom wood, custom furniture, and fixtures. Look at fixtures and features from other restaurants and locations around town. Sir Winston, Indigo Hotel, Trophy Room, etc. Ryan showed me a lot of mockup concepts when I was there doing a walkthrough with him last week. To hear the passion from him that day and Travis yesterday was exciting.

There will be a farm table in front of a tall glass wall that looks into the wine cellar. The other side of the wine cellar will also be glass and will be near the servers’ station. Ryan and Chef Travis individually explained that the wine list was going to be impressive. The cocktail bar will be long and impressive and will feature bottom-lit shelves and fixtures.

There is a private dining area/event room that will feature the ability to keep your events private. The thick concrete walls from the outside will help cushion your info and conversation to anyone you’re not wanting to hear. There will be a projector screen and you can do presentations or rent the space for your fantasy football draft next year. When not used for events or private functions, the room will be an extension of the dining room proper. That dining area will feature murals painted by local artists, a live moss wall, and a water-vapor fireplace. Chef Travis explained that the original idea was for a real fireplace, but that wasn’t feasible. Personally, I think the idea of a water vapor fireplace is fantastic. The water can take on any color you wish, too. If you have a wedding reception there and your colors are green, the water vapor can be green. Instead of blowing things up and creating forest fires, have your gender reveal party in this dining room and pick whatever color you choose for your baby. The large ring pendant lighting will be awesome as well.

What we cannot forget about is the patio. Not to be confused with a courtyard, which connects several venues together, this patio will seat around 100 people outside comfortably. In warmer months, once the afternoon hits, the sun will be on the other side of the building and you won’t be baked by the sun. There will also be fire pits and community tables to add more outdoor amenities and services.

So, I think I’ve held you in suspense long enough. The name of this new culinary and libation destination is SixHundred°.

The name Six Hundred Degrees (stylized with the degree symbol SixHundred°) represents the temperature (Celsius) in which wood burns. Wood can catch fire around 300° Celsius in which the gasses burn and elevate the wood to around 600°. A bonfire burns at 600°C. Being as this restaurant will feature a wood-fired grill and most things will be cooked over that, this name is a perfect fit. It could also represent the food, libation, and atmosphere this restaurant will be creating.

The name was coined partly by Ryan and partly by the folks at Elephant In The Room who are crafting a logo and branding for 600° as this article is being written.

I have had a fantastic time listening to both Ryan and Chef Travis talk about the restaurant. They are stoked (all puns intended) and are anxious to have you try their wares. I know it’s going to be the place to be in WSNC and I know you’re going to love it as well.

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 167

Chef Myers with TMWATT Crew!

In Episode #167, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray, and Lea talk about:

  • Chef Travis Myers is here for the big reveal of the name of his and Ryan Oberle’s new, long-anticipated restaurant, slated to open late this year, early next year.
  • Tony DiLisio.
  • Carmine’s Italian Restaurant closes for good, becomes food service for BreakTime Billiards.
  • Ichiban Japanese Restaurant.
  • Diamondback Grill.
  • Krankies.
  • Footnote Coffee and Cocktails.
  • Dr. Chop’s Soul Cafe.
  • Food Freaks.
  • K&W.
  • Tim and Stephanie went to Grandma Ruby’s Country Cookin’, 1703 Restaurant, and Boone Doggies on their “staycation”
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 166

In Episode #166, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray, and Lea talk about:

  • No podcast next week, Monday 8/31
  • West End Coffee House closes.
  • Cimarron closes until further notice.
  • A discussion about corporate entities posting across brand franchise social media and why that’s confusing for locations that have closed.
  • Ray visits Taste of the Triad.
  • Corks Caps & Taps is sold to Second and Green Tavern owners.
  • Zesto closed until at least 8/31 for maintenance, new staff, and menu revamp.
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 165

In Episode #165, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray, and Lea talk about:

  • Sabrina Wingo is in to talk about Taste of the Triad, her life, career, and more. Tim talks about the food.
  • Miss Ora’s Kitchen reopens Thurs-Sat and Sweet Potatoes goes full-menu.
  • The Liberty Street Farmers Market reopens.
  • BLL Rotisserie Factory is highlighted in the Winston-Salem Journal.
  • Camel City BBQ Factory installs hands-free thermometers.
  • Carmine’s Italian Restaurant closes their dining room, returns to takeout, and curbside.
  • La Carretta throws some clickbait.
  • Zesto closed until at least 8/31 for maintenance, new staff, and menu revamp.
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 164

In Episode #164, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray, and Lea talk about:

  • Miss Faith McKnight is in to talk about The Sweet Truth Bakery, her cakes, pies, life, career and more.
  • West End Coffee House announces that they will close at the end of the month.
  • Campus Gas reopens this week with coffee, beer and food, staggered throughout the week before hitting their regular service.
  • Hops Burger Bar reopens both locations for dine-in.
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 163

In Episode #163, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim and Ray (Lea is on vacation) talk about:

  • NC Governor Roy Cooper enacts an 11pm curfew on alcohol sales.
  • 1703 Restaurant reopening after C-19 precautions.
  • Tim and Stephanie went to Boone and Tim talks about the cuisine they had.
  • BLL Rotisserie Factory reopens its dining room and Tim talks about it.
  • Pulliam’s Hot Dogs reopens after vacation.
  • Carolina’s Vineyards & Hops posts on Facebook that they will remain closed but will offer online sales, pickup and limited delivery services.
  • Local WSNC historian Fam Brownlee says Murphy’s Lunch will be reopening on August 10.
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 162

In Episode #162, proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios (South). Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray and Lea talk about:

  • 1703 Restaurant closed temporarily due to C-19 precautions.
  • Alma Mexican closes until further notice to merge staff with The Porch and provide a safer environment for employees and guests.
  • Camino Bakery celebrates 9 years.
  • Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse has a new offer when you mention the ad we talk about on this podcast episode.
  • Finnigan’s Wake expands weekend hours.
  • Other local restaurant news.
  • Tim and Lea talk about “List” updates.
  • Winston-Salem Strong. This website includes the food and beverage list that we have been forging and resources for businesses and individuals that are needed at this time, including unemployment, SBA loans, tips for servers, and many other services. All this in one place. Winston-Salem Strong!
  • Food holidays and history.

Don’t forget our sponsors:

Carrabba’s Italian Grill Healthy, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas, fresh ingredients, and phenomenal wine dinners. That’s just some of the offerings of Carrabba’s. And, Daniel Butner, the local proprietario, is salt of the earth and a pillar of good in the community. Go taste the goodness that is Carrabba’s and see why Tim and Ray are always talking it up!

Washington Perk & Provision Company. Better than a convenience store but not quite a grocery store, in the heart of Washington Park and Downtown WSNC.

The Humble Bee Shoppe is challenging your perception of scratch made and leaving you with an experience you couldn’t possibly forget! With inventive flavor combos and a sense of artistry, The Humble Bee Shoppe isn’t your average bakery.

The Man Who Ate the Town is part of The Less Desirables Network. Give it a listen on iTunes, Stitcher, Podcast Addict, and TuneIn, basically anywhere you can listen to podcasts. Or you can listen here (at the bottom of the post).

Bon Appetit!