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!

WSNC Restaurants That Plan to Close for July 4th

Updated on July 2, 2020. New additions notated with “*”

Traditionally, the July 4th holiday is a time for many WSNC restaurants to take their collective vacations, mostly for the week of. A time to reset. Time to make up for being open – in some cases – 7 days a week. We all need our time off. We all need a respite. We all know, now, that self-care is very important. This year, however, things are anything but “traditional.”

While many of these same restaurants have just reopened, others have been working overtime to stay relevant during the weird, hard, and unpredictable C-19 pandemic. Despite what they have been doing, it is my opinion that they need a rest. Some of the restaurants are doing just that. Here is the (potentially growing) list of WSNC restaurants that will be closed for July 4th or even beyond. All of this info is cultivated by their Facebook pages and if your favorite location isn’t on this list, I would highly recommend that you still call before you visit any location to make sure they are open (you can find their number on the F&B List). It is assumed, however, that if they are not posting closure on their Facebook, they are open. Here’s the list:

1703 Restaurant closed July 4 & 5.
Athena Greek Taverna closed from Monday, June 29 until Sunday, July 5.
*Baked Just SO closed July 4-7.
Bib’s Downtown closed Sunday, July 5.
Bobby Boy Bakeshop from Saturday, June 27 through Monday, July 6.
Carmine’s Italian closed from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 9.
*Diamondback Grill Closed July 4.
Kermit’s Hot Dogs will be closed July 1 through July 15 for their annual maintenance (and maybe some vacation).
*La Casa Lopez Closed July 2-5.
Meridian Restaurant closed for Holiday from Saturday, July 4 through Sunday, July 12.
Mission Pizza closed for Holiday- Until July 9.
Mrs. Pumpkins closed Thursday, July 2 through Saturday, July 4.
Pulliam’s closed Friday, July 3 & Saturday, July 4.
*Real Q closed July 4-8.
The Carriage House closed Wednesday, July 1 through Monday, July 6.
Vincenzo’s closed Saturday, July 4 through Tuesday, July 7.
Walkertown Seafood Shack closed Monday, June 29 through Monday, July 6.
Wine Merchants closed Saturday, July 4 through Tuesday, July 7.

As always, Lea and I have done our best to curate this list as accurately as possible. If you have a food/beverage establishment and you don’t see your place of business on this list and you will be closed for the holiday (or dates surrounding it), please, feel free to contact me to get added. Also, if there are any errors, please inform me of that, as well. Enjoy your holiday week!

The Re-Emergence Part 13

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend/holiday. We took a little time off from the list after Saturday but we’re back at it today. Here’s part 13.


From Burke Street Pizza (both locations) Facebook(s):

We have plenty of Social Spacing as we have taken away chairs and eliminated half of our seating. Staff is all “Face Masked Up” and ready to serve you.

Burke Street Pizza Robinhood Location is ready for Phase 2 at 50% Occupancy. Everyone has their masks on, although one smart guy pulled it down when I said “Smile”! Smh. Extra cleaning, extra spacing and directing traffic will be the new norms. We’re trying hard to keep both employees and our customers safe and healthy. If you don’t feel comfortable yet, we still have curbside pickup and delivery available using our own drivers.

AND FOR TODAY: Burke St. Pizza Robinhood Rd. location is 10 Years old today!! In celebration of our ten years in business we will give everyone 10% off their order today, at the Robinhood Rd. location only. We are so happy that you have kept us going for 10 years in Sherwood Shopping Center that we want to thank everyone for their loyalty!! It’s been a great 10 years, help us make it 10 more!!! Our 10% off promotion does not apply to the Tuesday Pizza special of $2 off Specialty Pizzas. Thank you to all our Loyal Burke St. Pizza Customers!!!


From Café Arthurs’ Facebook (on Friday after I checked it):

Hey guys!! We will be opening our doors bright & early for dine-in Tuesday morning at 6 AM. Unfortunately, due to excessive sanitary precautions and guidelines we have to follow, we would love to see every one of you today at 5 pm when phase 2 starts, but we have to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. Thanks so much for your continued support. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you!!!


From Diamondback Grill’s Facebook: (edited to reflect that they re-opened on 5/22)

We respect that people may have differing opinions about whether they want to take advantage of this opportunity.

We will continue offering curbside pick-up of this same menu going forward, Tuesday through Saturday, as we have been doing.

Various businesses may be more or less prepared to welcome guests back, despite everyone’s sincere concerted efforts, and I respect our many restaurant friends’ decisions to do what they feel is best…and we continue to wish us all good luck persevering.

I would like to offer a short summary of why I feel we are ready. In addition to Diamondback, I am a Dining Services Director for a large senior living community which, thanks to much hard work and good fortune, has remained unaffected by Covid-19, despite serving 500 meals a day. I’ve been sharing my experience with Kimberly and our management team, including regular state and federal health care industry updates and training on common sense food handling, hand washing, sanitizing and social distancing.

Reopening is not a profit-driven action. Most of us in small local food service may be many months from seeing the business most of us have worked for years or decades to build with blood sweat and tears.

If you are ready to step back out, we have done our best to be ready for you. And unlike a trip to the grocery store, I can assure you no other
customers have touched your lettuce.
-Murphy Gregg


From Dioli’s Italian Market’s Facebook:

On behalf of Roger and our children I wanted to thank you… our friends, neighbors, students, loyal customers, out of town patrons and the new faces we have met these past 8 weeks for supporting Dioli’s Italian Market during this very difficult time. When we opened the store 13 years ago, we were hoping to bring a taste of our Italian heritage to the community and your dinner tables. What we did not realize was our labor of love was creating lifelong friendships with the wonderful residents of the triad. We were part of your birthdays, anniversaries and graduations. As our children grew, so did our business. And then Covid-19 hit! We were not sure where our business was headed or if we were going to make it through the shutdown. But we stayed open and you came in to eat! You stayed patient while we navigated through uncharted waters. You came in with a smile always wished us well, then went home and told your friends that Dioli’s was open. And it all mattered. With your help, we kept our entire staff employed and kept the 11 children of Dioli employees fed. So, THANK YOU! Thank you for your support and your loyalty. Thank you for keeping our family business open. And thank you for continuing to support our fellow locally owned businesses.

All the best to you and yours,

Karen and Roger Dioli


From Duke’s Restaurant’s Facebook:

Dear loyal patrons,

thank you for your ongoing support during these unfortunate and trying times! We want to ensure that each and every customer/staff health and safety is taken seriously and we are doing our best to abide by ALL requirements to open our doors at 50%. We plan to reopen the dining room Wednesday 8-2 limiting our hours for a short time. We understand that face masks are a recommendation and NOT a requirement so please respect people’s decisions on these recommendations. It has been an extremely tough time for ALL of us including restaurant owners, staff and patrons as well these past SEVERAL weeks and we kindly and humbly ask for your patience.

Thank you and God Bless


More to come, stay safe WSNC!!

The Man Who Ate the Town Podcast Episode 152

In Episode #152 proudly recorded in The Less Desirables Studios at The Lab at Industry Hill. Zoom sponsored by Bull’s Tavern:

Tim, Ray and Lea talk about:

  • All Michael Family Restaurant Group restaurants are open. Mama Zoe Michael’s, Waldo’s Wings, Cin Cin Burger Bar and Yamas Mediterranean Street Food are back in business doing takeout, curbside and delivery!
  • Diamondback Grill is back open doing takeout and curbside. Tim talks about the food he and Stephanie had this weekend from Diamondback Grill.
  • Restaurants re-emerging to try different ideas, menus, and directions to stay relevant and keep their doors open, while offering service to the community that loves them.
  • 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!
  • J&J Food Mart is hiring.
  • 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!

Diamondback Grill Re-Emerging This Weekend

The past few weeks have seen several businesses either revamping, repurposing, or simply jumping back into the fray after the nightmare we call COVID-19 set the entire world upon its proverbial head.

One big announcement came from Kimberly Gregg, owner of Diamondback Grill, the quaint eatery nestled in the heart of Buena Vista. The message was that Diamondback was re-emerging. This is wonderful news. Kimberly’s husband, “Murph” posted a long and touching post on March 28 that detailed the restaurant’s history, the area’s history, the importance of the community in which it sets and how difficult it was to lay off employees and shutter the dreams he and Kimberly had worked so hard to build and nurture. It was sad, but there were glimmers of hope in that message and it seems that now is the time to return. It is a time for rebirth, re-emergence and progress forward.

According to a post made on Diamondback Grill’s Facebook page (some edits for context):

We’re reopening THIS FRIDAY, May 1st for curbside/takeout!!! Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on menu additions + nightly specials!

You can also go to our website www.diamondbackgrill.com to join our email list for the latest updates….catering, themed dinners, etc.

ALSO… we’re selling bottles of wine for 60% OFF 🍷!

Here are all the ordering details below! We cannot wait to get back to serving you homemade and delicious dinners…

Tuesday-Saturday for now from 5-8:30 pm – we will have someone outside monitoring arrivals for a quick, safe, and easy curbside pickup. 

We will continue to honor COVID guidelines by wearing masks, gloves to prepare the take out orders, as well as continuing to sanitize.

Three ways to contact Diamondback Grill and utilize their services:

  1. Call 336-722-0006 after 3 pm to place your order and pay over the phone. Or…
  2. Order and pay using the SwipeBy app. Or…
  3. Preorder online by 3 pm and pay via PayPal which is coming soon.

Diamondback Grill is located at 751 N Avalon Rd. in Winston-Salem.

I cannot wait to have some Diamondback goodness, soon!

Buie’s Market Donating Apparel Sales to Local Servers

From Buie’s Market’s Facebook Page (with edits):


Waitstaff and bartenders are all struggling right now. We’re donating all of the proceeds of our Buie’s Market apparel to our neighbors, the Diamondback Grill staff.

We’ll also be selling Southside Beer Garden Apparel to benefit @southsidebgbs bartenders.

Grab a t-shirt or a hat while you’re in the store! @ Buie’s Market


From TMWATT: Have I mentioned how awesome the folks at Buie’s Market are? Well, they are!

Diamondback Grill Update

From the Diamondback Grill Facebook Page:


Dear Diamondback Friends and Family,

Like you all we have been reading and watching the news about COVID-19. Just want you to know we’re on it and we’re adapting quickly. Here’s our plan:

1. FOR OUR REGULAR RESTAURANT PATRONS: We are going to be spreading out our seating in both dining areas for more space between guests and at the bar.

2. DOUBLING UP ON OUR REGULAR STRINGENT CLEANING: The Diamondback already has extensive cleaning procedures and now we’re doubling it up. All surfaces and chairs will be wiped down after each guest and all bar surfaces will be cleaned for each new customer.

3. WE’RE STEPPING UP OUR TAKE-OUT PROCEDURES: We’ll have a more extensive menu available for take-out. When you pull up to the pick-up area on the side, just give us a ring and we’ll be out with your food. Please see the attached photos of our menu (see below).

4. STARTING MONDAY, WE ARE GOING TO BE ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS FOR FAMILY-STYLE CASSEROLE DISHES. You’ll be able to pre-order delicious meals that you can pop in the oven. Sample menu items include:

Lasagne. Veggie and Beef Casserole
Shrimp & Grits
Chicken Dumplings
Chicken Pot Pie
Beef Stroganoff
Meatloaf
Baked Ziti Marinara & Bolognese

Caesar Salad
Salad Wedge
Winter Salad

To place an order, call the Diamondback at 336-722-0006.

5. DON’T FORGET: At the Downtown Diamondback, take-out is available for lunch Monday-Friday. You can pre-order and pay on the phone and pick up in a designated area.

6. IF YOU HAVE OLDER NEIGHBORS OR PARENTS AND WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR THEM, simply call the Diamondback and we’ll take care of it and take good care of them!

We’ll keep evolving over the next couple of weeks and we’ll stay in touch! Our best to all!

Kimberly and Murphy