Charlotte-based Viva Chicken opens its first Triad location today at 4520 West Wendover Ave., Suite 110, at Wendover Commons in Greensboro.

Another is planned for Winston-Salem later this year.

Viva Chicken is a fast-casual concept specializing in Peruvian street-style pollo a la brasa.

The chain started when friends Randy Garcia and Bruno Macchiavello decided to open a restaurant featuring the traditional wood-fired chicken of Macchiavello’s native Peru.

“The chicken is hand marinated with Bruno’s secret recipe and cooked in an imported natural wood charcoal oven,” Garcia said.

Garcia said chicken comes out of the oven every hour and is served as a quarter, half or whole. It is not spicy hot, but customers can get mild, medium or hot sauce from the sauce bar to accompany the chicken.

Chicken is served with sides including Peruvian fried rice, green beans, canary beans, corn salad and fresh fruit.

The chicken can be ordered on a salad, in a rice bowl and wrap menus.

Many items can be ordered without chicken for a variety of vegetarian options.

Garcia said the restaurant is not a Mexican concept. The restaurant is contemporary. You won’t find faux ethnic decorations.

Viva Chicken has eight North Carolina locations, mostly in the Charlotte metro area and Raleigh. It also has restaurants in South Carolina, Delaware and Utah.

Garcia said Greensboro and Winston-Salem are being considered for additional locations.

Hours for the Greensboro restaurant are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The restaurant’s phone is 336-355-4970.

Viva Chicken joins other Wendover Commons eateries that include Zoe’s Kitchen, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Outback Steakhouse. California pizza chain Blaze Pizza is will make its Triad debut with an opening this summer at the shopping center.

Hot wing brand expanding to Triad

A hot wing brand is making its way by droves into the Triad.

Wingstop is opening Saturday at 4205 Wendover Ave. in Greensboro.

It is the second Wingstop to open in Greensboro. More are coming.

“We really like the North Carolina market. It’s an emerging market for Wingstop,” said Andy Nicks of Atticus Franchise Group, an Atlanta company that manages the Triad and Charlotte locations of the hot wing chain.

The brand entered the Triad market last October with an opening at 3208 W. Gate City Blvd.

Nicks said Wingstops are opening in April at 2101 N. Main St. in High Point and 340 Summit Square in Winston-Salem.

Nicks said two more Wingstops are planned for the Triad. One may open in Kernersville, and Winston-Salem is targeted for a second.

Wingstop specializes in bone-in and boneless chicken wings and tenders with 11 sauces such as Korean Q, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Parmesan and Original Hot. The brand also offers signature seasoned fries.

The grand opening for the new Wendover Avenue restaurant is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Each customer gets five free wings. There will be a prize wheel, T-shirts, a DJ and a wing eating contest at 3 p.m. for a chance to win a $200 cash card and two $50 Wingstop cards.

The new Wingstop is open 11 a.m. to midnight daily. The restaurant’s phone is 336-447-1779.

Mexican restaurant opens second location

Culichi Mexican Seafood and Grill has opened at 3025 W. Gate City Blvd. in Greensboro.

It opened in the space formerly La Fiesta Grande.

The restaurant is a sister location to Culichi at 4512 W. Market St. in Greensboro, which opened in 2017.

Like its flagship location, Culichi No. 2 offers Mexican and Tex-Mex food with an emphasis on seafood such as fish, shrimp, crab legs and langostinos.

A restaurant specialty is the seafood molcajete, which is a rock mortar filled with a variety of seafood combinations.

The restaurant also offers other traditional Mexican dishes such as carne asada, fajitas, arroz con pollo, tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, chimichangas and burritos.

A $4.99 lunch special is served 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily and features 14 combination plates with items including chile relleno, taco, enchilada and burrito.

The restaurant’s phone is 336-370-6893; the website is

New menu items

and Pi Day deal

Cherry Pit Café and Pie Shop at 411 Pisgah Church Road in Greensboro has some new menu items that include beer-battered fish and chips ($10.99), fish sandwich ($8.99) and seasonal Girl Scout Thin Mint cheesecake by the slice.

Coconut cream is the pie of the month. Get one for $8.99.

Since Thursday is National Pi Day, a day to celebrate the 3.14 mathematical number called pi, the shop is offering BOGO for $1 on slices of pie.

More Pi Day deals

Speaking of National Pi Day, some pizza joints are offering their own pie deals.

  • Jet’s Pizza is offering a medium, one-topping pizza for $3.14 with the purchase of a large pizza at regular price. The offer is valid for delivery and pick-up with the coupon code 314.
  • Buy one thin pizza and get a second for $3.14 at Pieology.
  • Participating Bojangles’ are offering three sweet potato hand pies for $3.14.

For updates on other National Pi Day deals, check the Short Orders blog at

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