Salty Bagel

Salty Bagel and Donut  Company in downtown Greensboro.

By Carl Wilson carl.wilson@greensboro.com

The Salty Bagel and Donut Company is opening at 116 N. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro.

The shop is opening in a former jewelry shop that was most recently occupied by Urban Grinders.

Urban Grinders moved its coffee shop to Suite 101 of the ground-floor food court next door at 114 N. Elm St. in the historic Piedmont Building.

The bagel and doughnut shop is a sister location to The Salty Bagel and Donut Company, which opened this year at 1228 Eastchester Drive in High Point.

Jeremy Colbert said the Greensboro shop will open in early October.

Colbert is opening the shop with Saro Vay.

Vay operates Red’s Donuts in Lexington.

The two met when Colbert opened a bagel shop near Vay’s doughnut shop in Lexington.

The two partnered for the High Point shop which features Colbert’s New York-style bagels and Vay’s donuts.

Colbert said he had been looking for a Greensboro shop when the downtown Greensboro space became available.

Colbert said the location is ideal because of the downtown interest in bagels and doughnuts. He has been approached by three downtown Greensboro museums to provide food items.

The Salty Bagel will offer breakfast and lunch sandwiches featuring bagels baked at the High Point shop.

The shop makes its own cream cheese.

The shop offers doughnuts baked fresh at Red’s Donuts in Lexington.

Colbert said he plans to open a second shop in Greensboro and would like to grow the company to six to eight more shops in the Triad in the next two years.

Colbert said there is a lot of interest in mom and pop bagel shops from people who have moved to the Triad from states in the Northeast.

To meet demand, he and Vay plan to open a new 2,500-square-foot production facility on Second Street in Lexington.

Doughnuts and fried chicken

Another doughnut shop is planned for Greensboro, but this one will also feature fried chicken.

Scratch Hand Crafted Donuts and Fried Chicken is opening at 1220-A Battleground Ave.

It is opening in the space formerly Ideal Cabinets at Village at Irving Park in the Midtown section of Battleground Avenue.

Jimmy Chhay is opening the eatery which will serve specialty doughnuts and fried chicken with gourmet sauces.

“I wanted to bring something new to the area,” said Chhay. “I’ve seen the popularity of chicken and waffles and I wanted to do something along those lines.”

Chhay said the eatery will make everything from scratch, in house.

Chhay is no stranger to the food business. The Durham resident operated Chai’s Noodle Bar and Bistro in Durham for several years. He currently operates Buddhalicious Food Truck and Catering out of Durham.

Chhay said he has seen how much Greensboro is growing and decided to try operating a restaurant in the Gate City.

Work on the space is in progress and Scratch is targeted to open in late October or early November.

Chhay said he will soon park the truck for the winter while he focuses on Scratch, but he said to expect the truck on the streets again come next spring.

Restaurant closes

Tessa Farm to Fork at 3929 Battleground Ave. has closed.

In an Aug. 30 post on its Facebook page, Tessa said that it had closed. The post thanked its regional suppliers and praised the work of executive chef Caleb Smallwood.

Tessa opened nearly two years ago in a space that had formerly been a diner.

Tessa was a farm to fork concept and specialized in seasonal menus of dishes inspired by regional ingredients.

Shops give back

Four Jersey Mike’s sandwich shops in Greensboro will donate half of food sales today to Kids Path.

Kids Path is a non-profit program of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro that supports medically fragile and grieving children.

Participating shops include 2104 Georgia St., 2939 Battleground Ave., 425 Pisgah Church Road and 4835 W. Wendover Ave.

Local foods week

Using food that is considered imperfect, the Guilford County Cooperative Extension kicks off Guilford County Local Foods Week with an Ugly Good Feast meal at 5 p.m. Sunday at the extension at 3309 Burlington Road in Greensboro.

The free meal is limited to the first 100 people to register at The Ugly Food Feast on www.eventbrite.com.

Local Food Week concludes with a Family First Block Party 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 at the extension.

There will be food trucks, health screenings, zumba and fitness classes, children's activities, health food demonstrations and garden tours.

For information on more Local Foods Week activities, such as an urban agriculture tour, visit https://guilford.ces.ncsu.edu/.

Art on Tap

The Center for Visual Artists presents Art on Tap from 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at Center City Park at 200 N. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro.

The event will feature 18 southern breweries selling their brews.

Porterhouse Burger Trucks, Baconessence, Zeko’s 2 Go, Dusty Donuts, and Queso Monster are the food trucks scheduled for the event.

There will also be live bands and children’s activities.

Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older. Tasting tickets, which get you 10 samples of brews, are $15. A VIP tasting pass is $35 and gets you unlimited samples.

For more information, call 336-333-7475 or visit www.artontapfestival.com.

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