by Charles Womack

Greensboro’s Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar- B-Q sent out a message to Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim during the ACC tournament played here in Greensboro. Boeheim, whose team had played in the Big East for many years, had expressed his feelings about having to play the conference tourney in Greensboro rather than New York City. So Smithfield’ Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q’s Vice-President of Operations, Richard Averitte, sent this special message to the leader of the Syracuse Orange.

“Welcome to Greensboro! Enjoy your visit and we know the city will be as warm and welcoming to you as it has been to us since the first day we opened our Greensboro location. A while back you uttered some reservation about the ACC Tournament being held in Greensboro, particularly because of a lack of restaurants compared to New York City. Fear not, Coach Boeheim! Smithfield’s Chicken ‘N Bar-B-Q would like to cordially invite you to dine with us at our Greensboro location on 4101 Fernhurst Way. Much like your heralded zone defense, our menu items can stifle any of New York City’s finest restaurant offerings. Our signature Bar-B-Q pork rivals the seared foie gras in ham-hock broth served at Betony. Our succulent Brunswick Stew can stand toe-to-toe with the clam and oyster chowder served at Alder. Our freshly-cooked Fried Chicken can easily match the Fried Yardbird served at the Red Rooster. Good luck in the ACC Tournament and remember there will always be a table for you.”

Downtown Winston-Salem will be the home of two new Italian restaurants. Quanto Basta Italian Eatery & Wine Bar, located at 680 W. Fourth St, is set to open its doors in August. De Lisio’s Italian Restaurant, located at 301 Brookstown Ave, is planned to open in mid-April.

Greensboro will be getting the first location from a Pennsylvania-based chain of restaurants that specializes in createyour-own entree salads, wraps, soups and sandwiches. Welcome – Saladworks. The restaurant will be located at 1218 S. Bridford Parkway at Wendover Place shopping center and will be their first in the State. A spring opening date is planned. Saladworks was founded in 1986 by John Scardapane and has more than 100 stores in 10 states.

Red Robin is hoping you will toast before slurping on one of their delicious new Wine Shakes.

Claiming to be the first national restaurant chain to unleash the beer shake two years ago, the new wine shakes are looking to be something more sophisticated. The first to be uncorked is the Mango Moscato Wine Shake — made with wine, vodka, mango puree and vanilla soft serve.