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by Brian Clarey

Didn’t see this coming: JP Looney’s flagship location at Spring Garden Street and Holden Road in Greensboro has closed.

Also noteworthy, Craisglist lists a “first class restaurant and bar” space in downtown Greensboro for just a hair under $500,000, calling the location “highly confidential” — or, as confidential as Craigslist can be.

Southern Living magazine has named a Triad barbecuer to its list of the South’s 10 Best Pitmasters: Avery Payne of Cook’s Barbecue in Lexington.

Krankies has acquired a new brew — Burindi Kiryama, described as “sweet with a light citrus and butterscotch aroma and… a tobacco-like richness with notes of ripe berries and grapefruit.” Stop in for a cup or bag of beans today.

Meanwhile, Panera Bread is trying to figure out a way to keep its free wifi customers happy as volume clogs bandwidth.

Because it’s Memorial Day weekend, things are slow — with the exception of the advent of backyard barbecue and pool season.

On Thursday, Undercurrent in Greensboro holds a Foggy Ridge Cider dinner at 6:30 p.m. featuring four courses paired with local hard cider. Make a reservation at 336.370.1266.

Saturday is the Great American Cookout at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, featuring Chef john Smith of Harper’s Restaurant, who will be grilling chicken, rabbit, London broil, ground beef, tongue, brats, pork bellies and beef and pork ribs. Coals get lit at 9 a.m. Also on Saturday, all three Triad locations of the Fresh Market will hold a chocolate tasting at 2 p.m.

But if you’re looking to catch a buzz, Saturday is the 12th annual NC Wine Festival, held at Tanglewood Park. This year’s event features live music, live auctions, craft and art booths, food from local restaurants and a buttload of wine from your favorite NC vineyards and vendors. Tickets are $20 right now at ncwinefestival. com or $30 at the gate, and complimentary tasting glasses will go to the first 12,000 attendees.

Room for one more? According to Nation’s Restaurant News, the Top 5 restaurant beverages are, in descending order, soft drinks and slushies, iced tea, cappuccino/espresso/latte, smoothies and iced or frozen coffee.

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