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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Would you like some whine with your meal?

There's a newish restaurant on Robinhood Road called River Birch Lodge. Owned by the same people that own Midtown Cafe and Dessertery, its menu is nothing exceptional. I've eaten there twice now, once for brunch and once for dinner, and been rather underwhelmed both times. Not by the decor, which is striking, but by the absolute averageness of the dishes. Solid, but very boring.

But I did notice the new screen behind the restaurant's outdoor seating area when it went up, and thought it fetching and effective at shielding the diners and the parking lot from one another. Apparently, the Winston-Salem Journal thought so, too, as they did an article on the artist who made the screen. An article which is nice and sweet, although a mite twee, until one gets to the following line:

The blind is just one of several things that Noblitt has done to "rusticate" River Birch, making thousands of dollars in the process, said Eddie Schapira, one of the restaurant's co-owners.

I'm sorry? Did anyone actually assume she did it for free? Someone sounds a mite bitter about her garnering both money and an article for her work.

Get over it, Mr. Schapira, and move on. Work on your plodding dishes.
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