Carmine’s Italian Restaurant To Reopen for Dine-In

From Carmine’s Italian Restaurant’s Facebook:


We are happy to announce that we will be
re-opening our dining room for reservations only starting June 19th. Reservations will be accepted Tuesdays through Sundays. You must call during business hours to make reservations. Reservations are only available at 4:30pm, 6:00pm, and 7:30pm. We are only accepting a limited number of reservations per seating.

This means that from the moment you finish reading this email – we are accepting reservations. So call us because we have missed you so much!


We will be operating at a MAXIMUM of 20-30% capacity. We will not be operating at 50% capacity at this time out of an abundance of caution for our guests and for our employees.

We will be practicing social distancing to the best of our abilities in a manner that still allows us to operate our dining room.

We will be following the NC State Health Department Guidelines for COVID-19 restaurant service


We are not requiring our guests to wear facemasks at this time. However, it is recommended while in common areas of the restaurant such as the restroom and the front lobby. Dining tables will be separated by a minimum of 6 feet.

We ask that you please respect other people’s space and practice social distancing while you are inside the restaurant. We want to make sure that all of our guests and employees stay healthy.

We sincerely look forward to seeing you all again as this has been a very hard road to overcome. We look forward to having our dining room filled with guests enjoying our food, wine, and the overall Carmine’s experience. It has truly not been the same without you.

With love,

Carmine’s Italian Restaurant

Camino Bakery Opens Fourth Street Location

It’s been nearly 3 months and we can’t wait to get back into the place we call our first home 😭 Please read below some information regarding the opening of 4th St:
🚀 4th St will have the same hours as Brookstown, 8am – 1pm, every day
🚀 Take-out will be the ONLY option for ordering (no curbside or online ordering for this location)
🚀 Masks are required when entering
🚀 No seating available (yet! possibly some outdoor patio seating available next week, tbd)
🚀 We will have a limited menu here as we do at Brookstown
🚀 There is an “in” and “out” flow to entering the shop; please look at your feet for directional arrows on the ground
🚀 Please keep your distance and stand on a yellow “x” when in line.
🚀 We will have beer 🍻 and wine 🍷 to purchase and take home!
Thank you for your continued support and understanding in this pandemic. We love you! See you tomorrow!

Bobo’s Deli and Grill Reopens Today

From the Bobo’s Deli & Grill Facebook:

We are officially reopening today! We will be open for drive-thru and carry out starting at 11 am today and staying open until 8 pm. We have missed you all and are very excited to be serving again! We have thoroughly cleaned the whole restaurant and will be doing temperature checks of employees upon arrival. And of course, we will continue with rigorous standards of cleanliness and sanitization. We look forward to seeing all of your friendly faces in the drive-thru today and this weekend!

Alma Mexicana and The Porch Reopens After C-19 Quarantine

We are happy to re-open our doors tomorrow for Pick-up, Delivery, and Outdoor Dining. You can place take out orders via our app or by calling us. You can visit our website to make a reservation for outdoor dining Wednesday – Saturday nights from 4 – 9 pm. As always, we will continue to follow all CDC and the Health Departments’ best practices and guidelines to keep everyone to be as safe as possible in light of COVID-19. Masks for staff have been required, but we will now also require customers to wear masks upon entering the restaurant, even just to pick up meals. We will have masks available if you do not have one. While we hope to remain COVID-free, we will be as transparent as possible if and when another staff member contracts COVID-19. We want to be here for the long run, and we appreciate your support during these challenging times.

Phone Number: (336) 317-1254
Online Ordering:

We’re back in action 🥳 We’re open 11-8 pm tonight with Grab n’ Go, Take Out & Delivery! Visit our website to view our menu, call us to place an order (336) 893-8361 or place an order online for pick up/delivery:

Before entering The Porch please be sure to wash your hands in our hallway restroom, put on gloves that we’ve provided and masks are required to enter. We will have some available if you don’t have a mask. Thanks for helping us keep our customers & staff safe!

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
  • 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
  • Papa Lee’s Grill
  • 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

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

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!!

Mary’s Gourmet Diner Officially Closes

In one of the saddest posts I think I’ve ever had to make, I’m reporting that Mary Haglund, founder and co-owner of Mary’s Gourmet Diner, along with Michael and Michelle Millan, has announced that Mary’s Gourmet Diner is now officially closed.

Mary’s Gourmet Diner

To say that I’m sad is a bit of a double-edged sword and may not be the right word.

I am sad that Mary’s is closing, but I am inspired, uplifted and smiling at the way Mary announced it. She has started her own video series called “Voices of Winston” and today, she was her own guest. Mary gave a history of her involvement in the restaurant which I’ll save for Michael Hastings as he’ll do a better job of that. But, her delivery was poised and while she is sad, you could see great relief in her face and in her voice.

There are many, many memories at Mary’s that Stephanie and I share (including Stephanie actually helping on the opening waitstaff) and that’s something I may reflect on at a later date. I’m still trying to process this.

I knew it was probably coming as there had been no activity in Mary’s for a while and Michael had no updates for me. There have been losses with this pandemic, but this one may sting extra deep. The other side is I know the only alternatives would have been to perhaps turn Mary’s into anything and everything Mary didn’t want it to become. This way, she goes out on top, with style, grace and on her terms (mostly).

Mary Haglund, we love you and know you’re going to do fantastic things, still.

Michael Millan does own the Mojito Mobile Kitchen and has started that back up.

Stay tuned to see what wonderous things that will come from both Mary and Michael.

You can watch the video announcement here.

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 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:

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:

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:

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

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


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!


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.
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

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 We look forward to serving you again!

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

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!!