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by Brian Clarey

The big news for the Triad restaurant scene in Served this week comes from Danville, Va., where the grand opening of a new Olive Garden on April 18 saw more than 100 customers lined up and waiting for the joint to open. From the story on WSLS News 10: “‘We love Olive Garden,’ Antonio Harris, of Danville, said as he stood in line with his wife, Karen. ‘Instead of going to Greensboro, now we’ll eat it up here. I know we’ll be in here once a week.’” Bad tidings indeed. But Libby Hill franchise saw fit to open its first oyster bar in Greensboro, now up and running on Cotswold Avenue.

And Greensboro’s Longhorn Steakhouse on Landmark Center Boulevard has been remodeled, according to a press release, “updated to reflect the brand’s evolution through the years to a warmer, more inviting setting of a Western rancher’s home.”

So we’ve got that going for us. On Wednesday, Green Drinks Winston- Salem meets at Krankie’s Coffee at 5:30 p.m. to discuss sustainability and tip a few back. But the Camel City’s Girls on Grapes meeting at Chelsee’s Coffee on Thursday has been cancelled.

On Friday, Winston-Salem’s Whole Foods Market holds a one-day local, organic strawberry sale to commemorate the launch of the season.

Saturday is Gourd Day at the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market and the day Taste Carolina Gourmet Tours begins its downtown Greensboro culinary walking tour which runs down Elm Street at 2 p.m. seeking out “chefs who are partnering with nearby small farms to offer fresh, innovative, and eclectic cuisine. From modern upscale restaurants to hole-in-the-wall artisanal food shops to decadent desserts, Greensboro is sure to surprise and delight!” Buy your ticket or get more info at www.tastecarolina.net or call 919.237.2254.

It’s also Oatmeal Cookie Day. Celebrate accordingly.

On Tuesday, the Winston-Salem Downtown Farmers Market opens for the season on 6th Street between Cherry and Trade at 9 a.m.

And Tuesday is Dining Out for Hunger Day in the Triad, where more than 125 area restaurants donate a portion of the night’s take to four area charities. Check www.diningoutforhunger.org for more information.

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