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Short Orders: Fat Dog's Grille moving, adding brewery

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Fat Dog’s Grille and Pub (2503 Spring Garden St.) in Greensboro is moving up the street to 3021 Spring Garden St.

It is moving into the location formerly occupied by Bleachers and J.P. Looney’s.

With the move, the restaurant is adding an in-house brewery that will produce its own brews for restaurant patrons.

“It will be Greensboro’s first nanobrewery,” said Somer Griffin, general manager and beer program director for Fat Dog’s.

The new brewery’s label will be called Barks Brewing Co.

Griffin said the brewing equipment is on back order and the brewery will not be operational until this summer.

When the fermentation does begin, Barks will produce six to eight brews including IPAs, lagers, stouts, pilsners and seasonal brews.

In addition to its own brews, Griffin said the restaurant will continue to offer a beer list of more than a 100 labels, including 20 on tap.

The list includes domestics, imports and craft labels.

The new restaurant’s spacious bar adds nearly 30 seats to the dining area, which will feature several wide-screen televisions.

The new location has a patio.

A private dining room, seating about 75, will be available for events and beer tastings. It will have a view of the brewery’s three stainless steel tanks.

Fat Dog’s is expected to be at the new location by the end of April.

The restaurant’s phone is (336) 856-1364.

Grilled cheese shop opens in High Point

Fresh Melt Grilled Cheese and Soup Company at 5836 Samet Drive, Suite 155 in High Point, has opened.

It’s next to Regal Cinemas Palladium 14 at the Palladium at Deep River shopping center.

The restaurant is owned by Rob Seltzer and Andy Baer.

Fresh Melt offers gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with a variety of fillings such as pork barbecue, Portobella mushroom, grilled chicken and guacamole.

Salads and soups, such as creamy tomato bisque and chicken and dumplings, are also offered.

“We chose the gourmet grilled cheese and soup concept, not just because we love grilled cheese, but we felt that the area needed a restaurant like ours,” Seltzer said. “Most everyone can find something they like on our menu whether they are a young child or a grown adult because, lets face it, most people love cheese.”

It is the second location for Fresh Melt, which opened its flagship restaurant in December at 3894 Oxford Station Way off Hanes Mall Boulevard in Winston-Salem.

Call (336) 307-2539 or visit to learn more.

Starbucks nearing Battleground opening

Starbucks is close to opening a store at 2945 Battleground Ave. in Greensboro.

The free-standing store is set to open at Battleground Village, which is anchored by Earth Fare.

The new store replaces an older store which was demolished.

Angela Underwood, district manager for Starbucks, said the new store will offer more seating, a larger patio and a drive-through.

The “concept store” offers a new, more contemporary look with clean lines, large windows, subway tile and chrome fixtures.

Angled steel supports highlight the patio, giving the ambiance of a retro drive-in restaurant.

Underwood said the store is expected to open soon.

Underwood also confirms a new store is under construction at 4404 W. Wendover Ave. It is going up on a site formerly occupied by Wendy’s.

An opening date has not been determined for that location.

Firehouse Subs

opens new location

Firehouse Subs has opened at 3704 W. Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro.

It opened in a strip center at the northwest corner of Holden Road and Gate City Boulevard in a spot formerly occupied by Krispy Kreme.

The Krispy Kreme shop moved across the street to 3706 W. Gate City Blvd.

The new Firehouse Subs is operated by Bivinder Pal and Amarjeet Bhatia, who opened their first Firehouse Subs store in Kannapolis in 2014.

“I’ve lived here for 15 years,” Pal said. “Once the Kannapolis store did so well, I decided to open here.”

Firehouse Subs offers hearty, steamed specialty subs with meats like smoked turkey breast, Virginia honey ham and beef brisket, along with a variety of toppings and sauces.

The store also features a touch-screen Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain dispensing more than 120 sparkling and still beverages with more than 70 low-calorie options.

Each store features a custom mural depicting fire-fighters battling a blaze near local landmarks. The Gate City Boulevard store’s mural features the Smith High School’s mascot and a Greensboro cityscape.

Through the end of the year, Firehouse Subs will donate part of each purchase to the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation at

Hours for the new store are 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The restaurant’s phone is (336) 500-8882.

Italian restaurant opens in Greensboro

Villa Italian Kitchen has opened in the food court of Four Seasons Town Centre at 410 Four Seasons Blvd. in Greensboro.

Villa Italian Kitchen is a quick-service brand offering Neapolitan-style and pan pizzas, stromboli, entrees, pasta and salads.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

N.C. chili championship set for Saturday

The North Carolina State Chili Championship will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Camp Carefree at 275 Carefree Lane in Stokesdale.

The benefit for the camp features a chili and bake sale, food concessions, live music, games, horseback rides, raffle and silent auction.

For more information, call (336) 951-2705 or visit

Mid-week market returns today

The Mid-Week Market returns today to the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market at 501 Yanceyville St. in Greensboro.

The Mid-Week Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Wednesday through Dec. 20.

While not quite as big as the Saturday market, which is open 7 a.m. to noon year-round, the Wednesday market features at least 25 vendors offering produce, European-style breads, baked goods, meats, dairy, eggs, herbs, plants and craft items.

Stop by early for hot cake doughnuts by YeeHaw Donut, and coffee from locally roasted beans.

The market accepts SNAP/EBT, Guilford Community Care Network Orange Cards, and WIC and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers.

For more information, call (336) 373-2402 or visit

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