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.


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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.”

Firebirds Woodfired Grill Confirms Reopening

I had heard rumors of a reopening of Firebirds Woodfired Grill, but it wasn’t evident by their Facebook, nor website that our local store had actually allowed for dine-in. So, I reached out and Scott Bowman, general manager of the Winston-Salem store wrote an email to me. Here’s what he said:

Good morning! I would love to catch you up on everything we are doing here at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. We appreciate you thinking about us.

We are open in our dining rooms. Currently half capacity.

We are open for take-out and delivery. Our delivery providers are door dash, uber eats and post mates. Door dash being the more popular choice. We offer curbside service as well. Parking is on the side of the building.

We have family meals for take-out only that have a choice of baby back ribs, wood grilled chicken, or our meatloaf. Ribs come with fries and the meatloaf and chicken come with mashed potatoes. Family meals also include a salad choice and sweet treat.

We do still have the “butcher cut” meats available. These come with steak seasoning to be cooked at home.

Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks again for thinking about Firebirds!

Regards, Scott Bowman, General Manager, Winston-Salem

Support Your Local Black-Owned Businesses

Someone asked me this week if I had a list of black-owned restaurants and food services in WSNC. And, I actually did not. So, I set out to find the restaurants that were.

Support these businesses and the people that own them and the people that work for them. Stand in solidarity with them. Let them lean on you. Let them know you care. Be there for them.

A vast majority of this list I obtained from the Winston-Salem Urban League, for others, I did some digging on my own.
For other black-owned businesses outside the food designation, which still need your help and support can be found here.

A perusing of the Forsyth County Health Inspector’s website showed:

  • 795 restaurants (many of which are multiple locations, i.e. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, etc., hospital, hotel foodservice, convenience stores that sell food or other “restaurant types”)
  • 249 “Food Stands” (which also include multiple locations like Cook Out, but is for non-dine-in services)
  • 27 “Mobile Food” listings which are mostly food trucks
  • 14 “Push Carts” which is almost entirely hot dog carts.

If there are ANY businesses that I have left off this list, please let me know so I can add them. I want no businesses left out. 

  • 3 Layers Cakery
  • Ackingna’s Place
  • Big Mouff Cheesesteaks
  • Bingo Bango Sodas
  • Cam’s Coffee
  • Carolina Kitchen and Pantry
  • Carolina’s Vineyards and Hops
  • Chef J’Avia Scents & Crafts LLC
  • CLS Catering
    • Gunny Smitty’s Hot Dogs Cart
    • C&L’s Cakes
    • Soul Food Fusion (Personal Chef Service)
  • Cow Who
  • DJs Cheesecakes
  • Downtown Bodega
  • Dr. Chops Soul Food Cafe
  • Dream Kreams Artisanal Creamery
  • Elasya B’s Candy Tree
  • Flavor57 Personal Chef Services & Catering
  • FoodDealer
  • Forsyth Seafood
  • Happie Food
  • Honeybee Grocery Delivery
  • Hot Dog City
  • Jazzy Daugs Cart
  • Kymora’s Kookies
  • Leanback Soul Food
  • Le’Chateau Bakery
  • Lei Lei’s Cuisine
  • Mary Jay’s Southern Soul Eatery
  • Mayberry Ice Cream (4th St)
  • Meta’s Restaurant
  • Miss Ora’s Kitchen
  • Mo’s Chicken & Grocery 2 Go
  • Mother’s Finest Urban Family Farms
  • Munch Box
  • Off the Beaten Path Coffee
  • Other Suns Coffee Shop
  • Peanut House, The
  • Prime Tyme Soul Food Cafe
  • The Rhythm Lounge and Grill
  • Share the Sweetness
  • Simply Soul Restaurant
  • Skrimp Shack
  • Sooo Trucking Hungry Food Truck
  • Spice Delight Mobile Cafe
  • Sweet Escape, A
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Truth Bakery
  • Ta’Nisha Monique Cupcakes
  • Taste of the Triad
  • Trice’s Eatz, LLC
  • Two Girls Sweet Treats
  • Two Sisters and a Lemon
  • WS Wings-N-Fins Truck
  • Wutyasay Food Truck
  • Your Dinner Awaits
  • Zesto Burgers & Ice Cream

The Re-Emergence Part 14

Update #14. Remember not all the updates are to say they are opening for dine-in. Some are just updates to the procedures. Many places are requesting that you wear masks until seated. Please be considerate of others around you.


From Fiddlin’ Fish’s Facebook: (Friday after we “closed”)

As you may have heard, the State of North Carolina has just clarified its guidelines for Phase 2 of the state’s reopening plan, allowing for brewery taprooms to reopen. We are thrilled to receive this news and we look forward to serving you in the taproom soon! That said, the taproom will remain closed for on-premise service this weekend as we prepare our staff and our space for safe and efficient operations under the State’s new guidelines.

Our top priorities are the health and safety of our staff and our guests and seamless customer service for customers who choose to join us in the taproom. Please stay tuned for a follow-up announcement with an official reopening date.

In the meantime, we will continue to offer To-Go Beer sales 12:00-8:00 daily and home delivery today and tomorrow. Thank you for your continued support and your patience as we prepare to serve you in the taproom again!


From Firebirds Wood Fired Grill’s Facebook: (for Winston-Salem only that I can verify)

We are NOW open for dine-in service with reservations only. You can make a reservation online or by calling us directly. We will also continue to offer curbside pickup and delivery. We want to assure you that safety remains our #1 priority. In addition to following CDC guidelines, we have enhanced our already high standards of food safety, hygiene, cleaning and sanitation. Please visit us online to learn more at https://firebirdsrestaurants.com/promotions/safer-together/.


From me, since the Facebook page isn’t telling much:

Willows Bistro will open back up today at 3 pm. Of course, social distancing rules will be in effect as will the 50% capacity rule.

Willow’s Bistro will be opening for dinner at 3 TODAY!. Come see us! Matthias “Frenchy” Gomez [has] an amazing new menu! We have taken courses and trained our coworkers on all the safety and sanitation procedures!

So, make sure to go by and have a beverage and a good meal. Be safe.


From Island Cuisine’s Facebook:



From La Botana’s Facebook: (I may have posted about them in one of the earlier updates)

La Botana
Our staff has been certified of Certificate Of Completion #countonmeNC We are doing our part so that you feel safe and comfortable when you Dine-In at La Botana, please do your part to keep yourself and others safe too. We will still offer limited Trays for takeout, we need your support more than ever.

Here is a list of Trays that we will keep during phase 2
1. Fajita Tray $25
2. Loaded chicken chorizo Tray $25
3. Enchiladas Rancheras Tray $30
4. Super Foods Vegetarian Tray (feed 2) $20
add 2 small guacamole salads $25

You can order from all of our menus now
Lunch menu
Regular menu
Vegetarian menu
Vegan menu
Paleo menu

Our first choice for you to enjoy La Botana cooking during phase 2 is through takeout. We are still waiting on a response from PPP relief fund and we are hoping we can get it. without PPP Relief we need to open our Dine-In area to catch up on our past due invoices and rent, we are behind several months now. We mean no disrespect to families who have been affected personally by this pandemic, It will be hard to recuperate economically but health and life is a different issue.

We are now taking Dine-In reservations.
For reservations call between
11:30am to 2:30pm lunchtime &
4:45pn to 8:30pm Dinner time.
If you can’t reach us by text at 336-768-6588 we will do our best to confirm. Our last reservation spot for lunchtime is 2:00pm M-F,
our last reservation spot for dinner is 8:30pm M-F and Saturday dinner 4:45-8:30pm.


More to come, stay safe WSNC!!

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!!

Camino Bakery to Offer Limited Services at Brookstown Location

This from Camino’s Facebook:

Well Winston-Salem, it’s time to do what we do best again. Bake bread, make coffee, bake all the sweets you can think of, and see you face to face!
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Please read the entirety of this post for all the details AS OF RIGHT NOW!
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On May 28, we are re-opening our Brookstown location ONLY. We don’t have an exact timeline for 4th St and the Hospital, so bear with us as we see how this goes at Brookstown for now. There will be 3 ways you can order from us:
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🥐 CURBSIDE – same hours as our store hours (which are TBD)
☕️ TAKE-OUT (masks required!) – come in and order
🍪 ORDER ONLINE – pick up as soon as 20 min after ordering (details on this coming soon)
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As of now, we are not allowing any dining-in, even with Phase 2 starting. Our menus will be stripped back a little and you can find those (bread menu included) on the website, soon.
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THANK YOU for remaining so faithful and supportive of Camino in this unpredictable time. THANK YOU in advance for your grace as we are again in uncharted territory! And THANK YOU for your patience as we are hammering out all the details over the next several days!
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See you SOON! 💘

The Re-Emergence Part 12

The final stretch on “Catch-Up Saturday!” Here’s part 12:


From Taco Rico Taqueria’s Facebook:

Dear customers, we will be operating on regular schedules and will be open to eat inside at 50 % capacity. Our goal is to keep a clean and safe home for our clients and our team. We would like to take the time to thank you for your continued support during these months. We will make an additional effort to make sure we keep our place as clean as possible.
– Taco Rich

** Learn more about what we have implemented to help keep everyone safe in our community: countonmenc.org.

Dear guests we will be operating on regular hours and open for dine-in at 50% capacity. Our goal is to maintain a clean, and safe environment for our employees and customers. We would like to take the time to THANK YOU for your continued support over these past couple of months. We will be going the extra mile to make sure we keep you safe!

We’ve completed new COVID-19 training and are now a participating #CountOnMeNC business! Learn more about what this means and the enhanced safety measures we’ve implemented to help keep everyone in our community safe: countonmenc.org.


From Tequila Mexican Restaurant’s Facebook:

The family and staff of Tequila Mexican Restaurant are happy to announce that we will be opening our doors for dine-in service at 5:00 PM on Friday! Our staff will be taking all the required health precautions seriously during these times in order to ensure your safety. Come and visit us to drink those margaritas we’ve all been missing!


From The Flour Box & Tea Room’s Facebook:

PHASE 2 UPDATE
We will open dine-in service on Wednesday, June 3rd.
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We are still offering to-go orders. Find our menu on our website and previous posts
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We are looking forward to serving you! Thank you for your continuous trust and support 🙏❤️
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www.theflourboxtearoom.com
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(336)955-2310
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📱 message us here!


From The Porch Kitchen & Cantina’s Facebook: (it’s long but important)

Friends,

Since March 17 when we closed all of our dining rooms, we have missed you all so much. Like you, we miss the joyous sounds of a full dining room, the clatter of a clean rack of cocktail glasses being brought out of the dish room just in time to make that next margarita, the laughter of a shared joke between servers as they try to keep customers happy and well-fed. We miss having specials and watching customers enjoy them, we miss hosting local bands, we miss planning events and special menus for holidays and community festivals. We miss the family birthdays, awkward first dates, parents out with their tiny kids just hoping to make it through the meal without too many tears, colleagues out for a Friday night happy hour, catering weddings, and all of those moments that we are so lucky to get to share with you.

And so we, like you, are eager to go back to “normal” because these weeks have been so hard.

But stronger than that desire is our commitment to preserving the safety of our staff and customers. We are also committed to maintaining the Take-Out, Delivery, Dinners on the Porch and Grab & Go operation that we’ve been doing these past few months, and that takes a huge amount of energy, organization, space, and people to operate in a safe manner. We will not lower our standards on that operation, even if it means that we’re going to have to move slowly in terms of re-opening.

For now, we have made the decision to offer dining at our outside tables only. We will keep our dining rooms closed for the foreseeable future as we learn more about how to keep everyone safe, how to manage this new business model that all of us in the restaurant industry have ginned up overnight, and how to try to spark some of that restaurant magic from behind a mask and 6′ away.

For now, we are excited to be able to take the small step of opening up our outside patios at The Porch this Saturday, and in a little while, at Alma. But it’s going to be a little “extra,” or, actually, just plain weird.

To get going, we have prepared a four-page (!!!) Reservation Policy that I’m pretty sure is more detailed than the contract I signed to buy our house. It felt ridiculous to write it, it feels ridiculous to ask you to read it, and I’m really hoping that one day we can all look back and laugh about how you had to practically sign a pre-nup to go get some tacos. But this is the way forward for now, so even though it’s a pain, we’ll do it if it means getting one step closer to a better place.

So I hope you’ll have patience and grace as we bumble forward. I know that many other restaurants in Winston are coming up with their own creative ideas to meet the new reality, and we’re all cheering one another on. For some, opening up makes lots of sense and will be awesome, for others, staying closed is the only choice, while for others, a slow path forward with lots of restrictions and rules is the best plan. None of us has a crystal ball, but we’re all trying so hard to welcome you back for the long term, even if that means staying closed right now. So have patience, give constructive feedback, help us keep one another safe, and let’s do this thing in a way that we’ll all be proud of at the end of the day.

In closing, I keep trying to think of a way to say “Thank You” that will convey what is really in my heart. When we closed our dining rooms on March 17, I didn’t really think there was any way we’d survive to the other side. I know we’re not on the other side yet, but every day I have woken up to emails, posts, letters in the mail, messages and countless displays of support that have buoyed up our little lifeboat to the point that there are some moments when we can really feel the wind at our back and the sun on our face.

Thank you a million times over. We are feeling #winstonstrong.


From The Prescott’s Facebook:

In light of Governor Cooper’s announcement that North Carolina will be entering Phase 2, we are excited to announce that starting tomorrow our patio will be open! You can place your order for #PrescottPickUp and enjoy your meal outside. We will have a limited selection of beer and wine available for you to purchase to enjoy alongside your meal. Tables on our patio will be spaced 6ft apart to abide by social distancing guidelines. We are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of our staff and valued customers, so we won’t be opening our dine-in seating at half capacity until Friday, May 29th. In the meantime, please continue to place your pick up orders to take home or enjoy outside!

Thank you for your continued support! We are so excited to open our doors and welcome all of our guests back!

#PrescottPickUp #supportlocal #downtownkernersville


More to come! Stay safe WSNC!!

The Re-Emergence Part 11

Continuing this busy Saturday playing catch-up. Here’s Part 11:


From Pete’s Family Restaurant’s Facebook:

We are excited to welcome you back to Pete’s Family Restaurant! We will reopen our dining room operation on Friday, May 22nd at 5:00 PM with 50% capacity. We will resume our business hours from 6:00AM to 9:00PM.
Please be patient with us while we all adjust to the extra precautions and new guidelines. We will be doing daily employee health screenings before each shift. Common areas and frequent touch spots will be sanitized regularly. We can’t wait to serve our customers once again!


From Putters Patio and Grill’s Facebook:

Hey guys !!! Hope everyone is doing well !!!
We will be open tomorrow at 11 am for to-gos and starting at 5pm we can have dine-in service at half our capacity !
We can only have 45 people at one time …
So please be patient with us and try to be kind to others who are waiting because the wait times will be longer than usual…
Help us by being aware of the social distance policies that have been in place the past couple of months
We are following the CDC guidelines to keep everyone safe !
Look forward to seeing you guys once again !
Thanks for the support and we will continue to do take out for those who do not want to wait!

Putters
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From River Birch Lodge’s Facebook:

The dining room is opening soon…. Friday at 5pm! With the 50% maximum on our seating capacity, we are strongly encouraging reservations, and they can be made online now!
Click on the link in our Instagram bio
Click on the “Contact Us” button on our Facebook page
Click on the green “Reserve Your Table Now” button on the River Birch Lodge website. riverbirchlodge.com
Call 336.768.1111

Please bear with us and have a little patience, as we navigate through another “new normal” for River Birch Lodge. Be sure to stay connected to our social media accounts to stay up to date.😊

We look forward to serving you in the dining room again, as we all work together to stay safe and healthy!
FYI…We will continue with our takeout options, for those guests who prefer not to dine in yet.😊
#comeonin #weareopen
#riverbirchlodgews


From Rooster’s – A Noble Grille’s Facebook:

Tomorrow’s the day! Starting on Friday at 5 pm, we are excited to welcome you back into our dining room with extended safety precautions. After tomorrow, we will resume normal hours (we will also be open on Monday for Memorial Day)!

For those who are not ready to dine out, we are continuing our curbside pickup and delivery services for you! Just order online at www.roosterskitchen.com. We look forward to serving you again!

Regular Hours:
Lunch:
Monday-Friday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm

Dinner:
Monday-Thursday 5:30 pm – 10 pm
Friday-Saturday 5:30 pm – 11 pm


From Sir Winston Wine Loft’s Facebook:

We are happy to enter Phase 2 to be able to re-open and would like to thank everyone for all the support during the shutdown – We can’t wait to see all of our customers again
We have been working hard for the past few weeks on our new procedures we will be following, which will be posted tomorrow before opening. They did post it and you can read their policy here.

We now have our tables 6 ft apart and have changed our occupancy to 50% for phase 2, our occupancy in the restaurant dining room area is now 90 people and the wine loft occupancy is now 65 people
IsoKlean Carolinas disinfected our entire property in the hotel rooms and restaurant to the level of a hospital operating room

Reservations must be made on OpenTable

#myws #wsnc #winstonsalem #dtws #sirwinstonwineloft #reopeningtomorrow #Friday #hotelindigowsd #phase2 #covid19 #northcarolina


More to come! Stay safe WSNC!!

The Re-Emergence Part 10

We are working on Saturday to get everyone caught up. There has been a lot going on, so if it says “today” chances are it refers to yesterday, May 22. But, all should be current, which means not all restaurants are opening just yet beyond takeout/curbside/delivery. Plus this update has two more of the Michael Family Restaurant Group’s restaurants listed. That’s exciting. I love them. Here’s part 10.


From Mama Zoe Michael’s and Yamas’ Facebooks:

Our dining room is open and we are so excited to serve our community! We will reopen our dining room operation on Friday, May 22nd at 5:00 PM with 50% capacity. We will resume our business hours from Sunday 8:00AM-2:30PM Monday-Saturday 8:00AM-8:00PM
Please be patient with us during this transition period and as we adjust to new operating and safety procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
For the safety of our customers and staff we have made some changes, here is what’s new and what to expect during phase 2.
-Curbside and delivery services will resume
-Employees will continue to wear mask and gloves at all times
-Employees will continue proper hand washing and sanitizing
-Meticulously cleaning
-We will be doing daily employee health screenings before each shift
-Tables and chairs will be set 6 feet apart.
-We’ve rearranged our dining room to accommodate social distancing requirements
-Tables, chairs, menus and other common items will be disinfected after every use
-Customers will be asked to maintain 6 feet apart from each other
-Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the restaurant for guests
-All condiments have been removed from tables
Thank you so much for your continued support! We can’t wait to serve you once again!


From Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill’s Facebook:

We are happy to announce that we will reopen indoor and outdoor dining starting May 22nd at 5 p.m.! We are taking all the necessary precautions for our employee’s and customer’s safety. We will reopen at 50% of our capacity. You can also take advantage of our spacious outdoor patio seating at most locations. We can’t wait to see you all again! Thank you for your support during this time.


From Midtown Cafe & Dessertery’s Email:
We are still trying to process the reality of the world today. As a small, family-owned business, we knew this would not be easy. We have spent the last couple of months testing new recipes, re-assessing, and looking at how to grow and improve. We are working hard to evolve to what is going on in the world today so we can continue to serve you, our community and our employees, even if it may look a little different than it has in the past.
On behalf of the entire team at Midtown Cafe, we want to say thank you for your continued patronage during this difficult time. The amount of support you have shown over the past few months has meant so much to our Midtown Family.
With that being said, we are happy to announce we will be reopening our dining room starting Saturday, May 23rd. We will be open daily from 8 AM until 8 PM. We will also continue to serve you through takeout or curbside if you wish. Additionally, we are offering our full menu.
Due to the required seating capacity we encourage customers to visit during the non-peak hours of 8 AM-10 AM and 2 PM-5 PM.
We are creating an environment where it is safe and comfortable for everyone. We have put safety procedures in place which include:
  • Providing face masks for all employees
  • Practicing social distancing and limiting the number of customers and employees in the building
  • Offering curbside service
  • Increasing cleaning and sanitation
  • Adding “safety” staff members to assist in sanitation processes
  • Sanitizing every menu, tables and chairs after each use
  • Abiding by the state’s capacity restrictions
  • Putting hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the restaurant

From Milner’s American Southern’s Facebook:

A quick hello to all of our friends and Milner’s family:

We remain open for curbside pick up Tuesday – Sunday from 4p – 8p. We want to thank all of you for supporting our family business over the last months and for helping us spread the word.

Like all of you we are excited to expand our offering and we miss seeing you here at Milner’s and we miss providing the special experience we’ve worked hard to create here. We are chomping at the bit to get after it!

Many have asked over the last several days our plans to reopen and we thank you for your excitement.

Bottom Line: We aren’t ready quite yet.

We have our eyes on Friday, June 5th as a tentative target day.

We would love to be open today but there are many steps we need to take and business decisions to consider before we move forward.

First and foremost is the safety of our families, employees and our customers. We will be spending the coming weeks continuing to make sure we have every tool in place: training sessions completed, PPE equipment for staff, and sanitizing products to create the right conditions for a safe environment.

Simultaneously we have to make sure that Milner’s remains financially viable and make adjustments for 50% capacity.

There are so many things to consider and this decision is not made lightly. We are excited about our restaurant friends who are opening today and wish for them all success. We remain vigilant and will continue to update our progress.

In the meantime: Check out our website gotomilners.com for the current menu.

Two ways to order:

Call the restaurant 336-768-2221 after 12p to place an order and pay over the phone. Call early and avoid peak call times.

Or, download the Swipeby App to order and pay online beginning at 3:30 each day. It’s super easy and doesn’t cost anything to use.

Thanks for taking the time and for your support. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.

All of our best,

Stay safe, lean in!


From Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro’s Facebook: (retyped for style)

Happy Phase 2 Friday! Since Governor Cooper’s announcement on Wednesday at 5:00 PM, every restaurant in NC has been scrambling to figure out a business plan for Phase 2. We would like to share with your how Mozelle’s will navigate this landscape over the weeks to come. We will continue to offer curbside pick-up, takeout and delivery. Additionally, Phase 2 allows anyone who would like to dine at our sidewalk tables, which are appropriately set apart in compliance with social distancing guidelines, to do so. This means you can eat your takeout 15 minutes fresher with that Stag’s Leap Chardonnay, watching the sunset over West End. We look forward to resuming table-side service outdoors on June 1 and we are actively devising a plan for indoor dining that both complies with state guidelines and ensures the Mozelle’s experience.

With all these changes, the one thing that restaurants can’t do is provide intimate dining experiences, so we will continue to offer Mozelle’s At Your Table Wine Dinners and we even have a “date night dinner up next week. It features the Latin flavors that you have come to know and love from our “pre-COVID” brunch menus!

Edit: You can find more by visiting the Mozelle’s Fresh Southern Bistro website found HERE.


More to come, stay safe WSNC!!!

The Re-Emergence Part 9

We have had a lot of updates today and yesterday and those are mostly from “my side” of the list. I do all establishments on the list from “1709” to “Los Torito’s.” Lea keeps me informed on “her side” and I fill in where I can. But, it will continue to be hectic for the next few weeks. Here’s part 9:


From La Casa Lopez’s Facebook: (edited from all caps)

Ok my lovely friends, finally we can open today at 5:00 PM. Your Restaurant La Casa Lopez Mexican Grill.

Thank you, everyone, for all your support.
So see you soon.

God bless everyone thank you 🙏🏼 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼


From Little Richard’s Barbecue’s Facebook:

To Our Beloved Customers,

Your safety is our foremost priority. Therefore, we will be taking many steps to help ensure an even cleaner and sanitary restaurant environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following steps are being taken by your Little Richard’s team:

1. Curbside and drive-thru will continue to be encouraged.
2. Employees will go through daily health screenings with temperature checks.
3. Employees will wear face coverings and gloves.
4. Employees will consistently wash hands with warm soap and water.
5. The restaurant will operate at no more than 50 percent capacity.
6. Meticulous cleaning prior to opening our doors daily.
7. We will continuously sanitize all common areas (hallways, entryways, bathrooms, counters, etc.).
8. All tables and chairs will be separated at least 6 feet apart.
9. Customers will be asked to wait at least 6 feet apart from each other.
10. Condiments and menus will no longer be placed on tables.
11. Hand sanitizer will be available for customer use.

We appreciate your willingness to help us in keeping a safe eating environment. Please follow the “3-Ws: Wear, Wait and Wash” and together, as a community, we will overcome this virus.

Sincerely,

Your Little Richard’s Family


From Los Torito’s Facebook:

They go on to say that their dining room and patio will be open, weather permitting.



From Earl’s WS’ Facebook:

Countdown starts now, y’all! Earl’s opening back up in 5 days! Wednesday at 4 pm! Gonna ease back into normalcy with this schedule right here. We got plenty of square footage outside & in to space y’all out and social distance like a champ.

#earlsws #winstonsalem #wsncfood #covidupdate #dtwsnc #camelcity #bestofwinston #mywsnc


From Mayflower Seafood’s Facebook:

Our dining room will be open today at 5 pm!!! We will obviously be in accordance with what the governor has recommended. We will only be at 50% capacity and will be practicing social distancing and conforming to all the new rules and regulations during phase 2. We can’t wait to see all of our amazing customers and we want to thank every one of you that supported and continue to support us during these hard times. Also we wanted to thank all our employees for their dedication and hard work. Thank you and God bless you.
Mayflower Seafood


More to come! Stay safe WSNC!!