Breakfast and lunch chain First Watch opened its first Greensboro location at 4520 W. Wendover Ave., Suite 101 in Wendover Commons.

First Watch serves breakfast, brunch and lunch every day from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

Traditional breakfast items include egg and breakfast meat plates, omelets, pancakes, waffles and biscuits with turkey sausage gravy are offered.

The cafe also offers healthier items, including gluten-free options such as avocado toast, super-food bowls, wraps and an item called Brilliant Beet Toast.

Lunch-type items include Baja chicken burrito, chicken avocado chop salad, Superfood kale salad and a veggie burger.

The restaurant makes its own juices every day.

The restaurant offers a small selection of alcoholic drinks made with its juices and drinks traditionally associated with brunch, such as bloody mary and mimosa.

The restaurant seats about 110 with some patio seating.

The phone number is 336-331-9955.

First Watch opened its first Triad store last year in Winston-Salem. Another opening is planned for Clemmons in March.

For information, visit www.firstwatch.com.

First Watch joins other Wendover Commons eateries that include Blaze Pizza, Viva Chicken, Zoe’s Kitchen, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Outback Steakhouse.

Italian spot closes

Bella Luna Ristorante and Bar at 2205 Oak Ridge Road in Oak Ridge has closed.

Owner Carol Shina, who opened the restaurant three years ago, said business was good. But, she said, the lease for the space was up for renewal and she chose to close the restaurant. She said running it became more than she could manage.

Shina said she’s grateful for the customers and will miss the restaurant.

Cafeteria closes

K&W Cafeteria on Westchester Drive at Westchester Commons in High Point has closed.

It had operated since 1989 at that location.

K&W did not provide details on the closing other than to say the cafeteria’s 40 employees will be given the option to work at other locations.

Customers with gift cards can redeem them at other locations.

According to the website, the Winston-Salem-based company operates 28 cafeterias in four states, including two in Greensboro and three in Winston-Salem.

Cafe at top of Yelp list

Chez Genese at 616 S. Elm St. in Greensboro made Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the United States for 2020.

It is number 80 on the list and is one of three North Carolina restaurants to make the list, the others being Sunny Point Cafe in Asheville and Banh Mi Brothers in Charlotte.

Kathryn Hubert opened Chez Genese in 2018. It serves breakfast and lunch.

The restaurant combines Hubert’s experience in the restaurant industry, her love of French food and her passion for being an advocate for those with autism. The cafe not only serves French-inspired food but also employs people with developmental challenges.

Yelp is a business directory website and crowd-sourced review forum. Its top restaurant list features fine dining restaurants alongside off-the-beaten path places including barbecue joints and food trucks.

Yelp’s data science team pulled the top restaurants by ratings and number of reviews in 2019 with representation based on each place’s share of top-rated restaurants nationally. Then Yelp curated the list with the expertise of its own “community managers” around the country.

Visit blog.yelp.com to see the complete list.

Lunch debuts

South End Brewing Co. at 117 W. Lewis St. is now offering lunch.

The lunch menu features the SouthEnd Club ($9) with smoked ham and roasted turkey, grilled chicken ($9), brisket grilled cheese ($9) with smoked brisket, crab cake sandwich ($10), and the Garden ($8) with roasted red peppers, tomato chutney, balsamic mushrooms and herb goat cheese.

Any cold sandwich can be made on a wheat or lettuce wrap. Or build your own with a choice of meat and cheese, bread and extras for $8.

The menu also includes flatbreads, such as barbecue pork ($8), and salads.

Sides include apple slaw ($2), Greek pasta salad ($2.50) and soup ($3 cup, $5.50 bowl).

Phone is 336-285-6406 or visit southendbrewing.com for more information.

New hours

Another downtown Greensboro restaurant, The Sage Mule at 608 Battleground Ave., has new hours.

The hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

The Sage Mule serves made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch items.

Visit www.thesagemule.com for more information.

Contact at 336-373-7145 or at carl.wilson@greensboro.com. Follow on Twitter at Short_OrdersNR and on Facebook.

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