by Brian Clarey

Another one bit the dust, so to speak, in downtown Greensboro last week when Simple Kneads Bakery shut its doors in the alley off Elm Street in a season that has emaciated the Gate City’s urban restaurant scene.

A word of warning: If you don’t visit the restaurants you love, they may soon be gone. Remember that come holiday time when you’re jonesing for one of Simple Kneads’ Christmas cookies.

But if I now you, I know that probably won’t stop you from hitting up the Olive Garden for the unlimited pasta bowl, going on this week. Subway has another limited-time offer running: a baked, crispy chicken sandwich on sale until Sept. 30. with less fat and calories than its deep-fried counterpart. And CiCi’s Pizza has added the Philly Cheesesteak pie to its line of American classics.

In other fast-food news, Burger King has finally decided to shed its mascot — the King, one of the creepiest visages ever produced by the industry — in its new campaign for the California Whopper, which lists fresh avocado and tomato as ingredients.

Catch a free buzz this weekend with wine tastings at all three Triad locations of Total Wine & More, where they’ll be sampling American wines. The Fresh Market in Greensboro will also be pouring on Friday and Saturday.

Friday sees the Chehalem Wine Dinner at Undercurrent Restaurant in Greensboro: three courses plus an amuse bouche for $55 at 6:30 p.m., with matching wines for each course. Call the restaurant at 336.370.1266 for a reservation.

On Saturday, all Triad-area Moe’s Southwest Grills will be offering $3 chicken, beef or tofu Joey Burritos for returning college students in an effort to get them off the ramen noodle diet (see story HERE).

Also on Saturday, the Grove Winery presents the final Haw River Paddle Dinner of the season. For details see the website at It comes the same weekend the winery releases its Roanoke River Red. It is also Watermelon Day at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, with several varieties of the succulent fruit on hand. Not too shabby.