by Brian Clarey

Yep, broken windows and empty hallways, pale lit moon in a sky filled with gray.

What I’m saying is, I think it’s going to rain today.

Either way, Noble’s Grille in Winston- Salem celebrates its parent company’s 30 years in the restaurant business, and a big Fire in the Triad win to boot. In honor of Chef John Bobby’s victory, and in anticipation of his appearance at the year-end Final Fire playoffs, his restaurant is running his winning entries in a prix-fixe menu over the next four weeks. Make a reservation at 336.777.8477.

In fast-food news, Wendy’s rolls out the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger and Dunkin’ Donuts busts up a gluten-free line with two entries, a muffin and a doughnut. Caribou Coffee lays down two styles of quiche nationwide. And Boston Market offers a free dessert to anyone who comes in with a picnic basket until Aug. 25 as part of National Picnic Month.

Twinkies are back… with a vengeance. They hit stores again later this month.

Kroger bought Harris Teeter on Tuesday for more than $2 billion.

And the McDonald’s in Dallas Township, Pa. has said employees will no longer be paid in cash-loaded debit cards.

On Wednesday, the Triad’s minimum-wage employees rejoice in the grand opening of a new Aldi’s on Greensboro’s New Garden Road, with free samples beginning at 11 a.m.

Also in Greensboro on Wednesday, Table 16 has prime rib and Whole Foods Market holds Part 2 of its summer cooking class Grills Gone Wild at 6 p.m. Make a reservation at the customer-service desk or at 336.398.2880.

Friday is Blueberry Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market, with lots of the little blue suckers throughout the pavilion.

Then on Sunday, the Grove Winery in Gibsonville has a food truck rodeo going down at noon.

And now, consider the case of Seth Collins, whose recently deceased brother Aaron stipulated in his will that his friends go out to dinner and leave a $500 tip. Seth and his family created a fundraising video that went viral, and now he’s left $500 tips in 54 restaurants in 17 states. He hopes to hit all 50.

In these slow summer restaurant months, on behalf of all the servers in the Triad, I beseech Seth Collins to come to town and spread a little love.