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by Brian Clarey

Wow. And I mean, wow. There is not a lot going on in the Triad culinary scene this week, most likely because of the Fourth of July holiday and the attendant promise of burgers, dogs and whatever else goes good with a nice, hot grill.

It’s important to note that the Fire in the Triad dining competition has wound its way to the end, with Chef John Bobby of Noble’s Grille in Winston-Salem. Word is he won with bacon — for more, see the dispatch provided here by Nikki Miller-Ka, who has kept us up to date on the entire tournament.

Down the street from the Empire Room, site of Fire in the Triad, Nico’s Italian restaurant met an unfortunate end. The anchor restaurant of the CenterPointe condo complex, ironically, failed to make enough noise on the fine-dining scene to gain traction.

Mrs. Winners’ fried-chicken establishments have changed their name to Umphy’s Homemade Chicken & Biscuits. Bonus points to anyone who can discern the origin of the name “Umphy.”

Buffalo Wild Wings has announced its intention to brew its own label of craft beer, to be called “Game Changer,” in partnership with Redhook Brewery out of Washington state.

And the Center for Science in the Public Interest released its annual list of the worst fast-food meals in the country, based on nutritional content. The Worst Restaurant Meal in America title goes to the LJS’ Big Catch, a slab of deep-fried haddock with hush puppies and onion rings that weighs in at 33 grams of fat, about two weeks’ worth, according to the American Heart Association.

Executives at Chick-fil-A and Jersey Mike’s were among the Golden Chain winners at the MUFSO Supershow’s annual awards. The other three chains upon which the honor was bestowed — Cheddar’s Casual Café, Joe’s Crab Shack and Corner Bakery Café — haven’t made it to the Triad just yet.

And I got one event: The Grove Winery is holding a Fourth of July celebration at 1 p.m. at the Grove Lake Stage featuring GT Summerlin.

Happy hot dogs, everybody.

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