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Greg Cox does mini-reviews of The Fire Pit, Moustache Cafe

Go HERE to read Greg Cox's mini-reviews (that means he doesn't award stars) to The Fire Pit in Wake Forest and Moustache Cafe in Morrisville.

A few surprises, a few flops for ACC as conference play looms

The expanded 18-game ACC schedule kicks off in 10 days.

North Carolina has an important game with UNLV and N.C. State gets a potential RPI-helper in Western Michigan on Saturday, but it's fairly safe to gauge how the 12 ACC teams did outside of league play.

Duke and N.C. State are in the top 10 of the RPI and the ACC could get another four or five teams in the NCAA tournament.

There have been some surprises (hello, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech) and some disappointments (really, FSU and Clemson?). A breakdown of all 12 teams (in order of RPI ranking, according to Jerry Palm at CBS Sports):

Greg Cox gives 2 1/2 stars to Asian Bistro in Wake Forest

Go HERE to read Greg's review.

Refocused Pack hammers Wake, 37-6

RALEIGH — Everything that went wrong for N.C. State against Virginia last week, went right against Wake Forest on Saturday.

The Wolfpack found its running game and defense to refocus after a disastrous loss to Virginia for a 37-6 win over the Demon Deacons.

With 110 rushing yards for freshman Shadrach Thornton, N.C. State (6-4) clinched a bowl bid third straight year and fourth time in five years.

ACC agrees to 8-game football schedule, two primary partners in basketball

The ACC football schedule will remain at eight games, the ACC announced Wednesday, after its league meetings in Boston.

And the N.C. State-North Carolina basketball rivalry is officially safe.

The ACC had planned on going to a nine-game football schedule in 2013, with the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, but with a new agreement with Notre Dame, which will play five ACC games each season, that plan was scrapped. The league will stay at an eight-game conference season for football.

Rewind part deux: Duke vs. Wake Forest

 

Jela Duncan kept running after a defender twisted off his helmet. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

Duke’s 34-27 victory over Wake Forest did a few things:

*Ended a 12-game losing streak against the Demon Deacons that dated back to 1999

*Gave the 4-1 Blue Devils more wins already than they collected in each of the previous two seasons

*Set Duke off on its best start since 1994, the last year Duke went to a bowl

“Things” is also the word the head coach David Cutcliffe used to describe the intangible benefits from finally ending the streak. Check out his epigraph along with the rest of the look back:

The Epigraph:

“It’s a win that we felt like we’ve needed to have happen. We just continued, in this game, to be in a position to win it and not. And you try not to let those things become things, but if you’re not careful they will. Each game has its own personality, but everybody is human. You just didn’t want one of those things in the end where you said, ‘oh my, here we go again.’ We fought it off.” —David Cutcliffe

What we learned:

Rewind: Duke at Wake Forest

Three thrid-and-long conversions on passes to Desmond Scott were devestating to the Demon Deacons. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

A full version of rewind, in all its witty glory, will be forthcoming tonight after Duke head coach David Cutcliffe updates the media on the injury reports for QB Sean Renfree, S Brandon Braxton, LB David Helton and CB Lee Butler. All four starters left  during the 34-27 win at Wake Forest and did not return. Until then, a look at what worked and what needs work for both the Blue Devils and the Demon Deacons (hey, consider it bonus information).

But first...

How both David Cutcliffe and Jim Grobe have gone about building programs at their respective schools

How Duke was able to end the 12-year losing streak to Wake Forest Saturday

And now, the quick look back:

Duke defeats Wake Forest 34-27

Updated 6 p.m.

WINSTON-SALEM -- The streak is over.

For the first time since 1999, a span a 12 games, Duke defeated Wake Forest 34-27. And the Blue Devils did it despite five lost starters during the contest and a late momentum swing in the Demon Deacons favor that could have derailed their efforts.
 
“Just finally ending that streak is huge,” said Duke senior wide receiver Conner Vernon, who also called it the biggest win of his career. “Right now, it’s kind of like you’re on Cloud 9 a little bit, just finally getting over that hump.”
 
It was not easy for Duke (4-1, 1-0 in the ACC), which is now off to its best start since 1994, the season of its most recent bowl appearance. Some early established patterns, though—commitment to the running game, error-free special teams and a propensity for generating turnovers—proved to be difference makers down the stretch.

A look at Wake Forest's 12-game winning streak against Duke

 

Last year, a few inches made the difference as Wake Forest WR Chris Givens scored the go-ahead touchdown to beat Duke 24-23. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY

The 12-game winning streak Wake Forest has going against Duke is certainly impressive for its longevity. It’s also rather remarkable when considering how close many of the recent games in the series have been. Consider the following:

*Ten of the past 16 contests have been decided by seven points or fewer

*Wake Forest has won six straight home games against the Blue Devils, with five of those six wins coming by 2, 2, 1, 3 and 6 points.

*The 2010 edition was the second-highest scoring game in ACC history, with the two teams combining for 102 points (Wake edged Duke 54-48).

White Street Brewing Co. opens Saturday in downtown Wake Forest

The Triangle's craft beer scene keeps growing with Saturday's opening of White Street Brewing Co. in downtown Wake Forest.

The 4,000-square-foot brewery and taproom at 218 S. White St. will be open from noon to midnight. They will be serving their pale ale, Scottish ale, Black IPA and Kolsch in flights, pints and growlers.

Developer Dino Radosta, 44, and his wife, Tina, are opening the brewery in a historic building that once housed a car dealership in the 1930s. The building is one of three the Radostas purchased on White Street after he retired from Ad Systems, a software consulting company that he started.

Radosta hired Chris Bivins as the head brewer. Bivins most recently worked as a brewer at 5 Seasons Brewing Co. in Atlanta.

Although they don't serve food, Radosta says customers can feel free to bring in takeout food from other downtown restaurants or to order food to be delivered to the brewery. For more information, go to whitestreetbrewing.com.

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