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by Jordan Green

Toshi Yoshida established a loyal clientele over the years with Coffee & Roses, his drive-through coffeehouse on High Point Road, but a road-widening project by the NC Department of Transportation necessitated a move.

The new Toshi’s Café is now doing a bustling business in the nearby Adams Farm Shopping Center in Greensboro. Yoshida has expanded his offerings from the hot and cold coffee drinks and chai that made up the staple of his business, adding breakfast burritos, croissants and bagels, standard lunch sandwiches and a full complement of sushi made in house.

Meanwhile, Greensboro foodies learned on Feb. 18 about the closing of a beloved institution of 23 years. Mary Lacklen told her Facebook friends that “with lease obligations fulfilled, a grim economy and the ever-changing face of the restaurant scene,” she has made the “tough decision” to close Bert’s Seafood. In addition to serving great food, Bert’s has also subsidized local journalism by employing at various times Editor Brian Clarey and intern Christian Bryant. Bert’s last night is scheduled for March 12, and Lacklen urges, “Stop by and have a last dose of our hush puppies! You know they are the best!” If you’re looking for a wine experience on Thursday, you have options in both Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Chelsee’s coffee shop in Winston-Salem hosts the Girls on Grapes women’s wine tasting and networking group from 7 to 9 p.m. with the promise/injunction of “no kids, husbands/ boyfriends or stress allowed.” The event features wines from Oregon’s Willamette valley.

Meanwhile, Undercurrent Restaurant in Greensboro serves dinner paired with different wines, including Civello from northern California, Stratton Lummis chardonnay and Bien Nacido pinot noir. Call 336.370.1266 for pricing and other details. On Fridays, the restaurant offers patrons the opportunity to bring their own wines.

Speaking of wine, Raffaldini Vineyards in the Yadkin valley of North Carolina is soliciting photographs of rescue dogs to grade the label of its upcoming release, Pino Vino III, through April 30. The new dog will replace Paddington, an Old English sheepdog from Lenoir, and a portion of the proceeds from the wine will benefit local animal shelters.

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