The National Black Theater Festival has returned to Winston-Salem for the first time since 2019, due to the COVID pandemic. The week-long series of performances will bring an estimated 60,000 people into town to attend more than 130 shows performed by a wide swath of well known Black actors, theater troupes, playwrights, directors and musicians. This year celebrates the 17th festival, which is held biennially and is produced by the NC Black Repertory Company. 

During the 2019 festival, there were some social media posts that  concerned with the lack of food and beverage options available after shows would let out past 10 p.m. In a late-COVID Winston-Salem, the concerns are equally as valid, if not more so. Many restaurants and bars have reduced hours since 2020, with several opting to reduce hours or outright close early in the week, when patronage tends to be slower. However, many restaurants are staying open until midnight to accommodate the many festival attendees.

Jason Thiel with the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership has helped to address the available options by publishing a list on their website that is reprinted here, with permission. The list will be updated throughout the week.

Late Night Food Options (After 10PM) for Monday, August 1st. Saturday August 6th during the National Black Theatre Festival

  • Butcher & Bull (until Midnight, all nights) at the Marriot Winston-Salem, 425 N. Cherry St., 336.722.5232, 
  • Late Night Soul Food Café (Tuesday thru Friday, 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.), Goler Memorial Zion Church, 630 Patterson Ave., 336.830.7420, Facebook Event Link
  • Sweet Potatoes (Tuesday thru Saturday until 11 p.m.), 607 N. Trade St., 336.727.4844,
  • Earl’s Winston-Salem (Monday thru Saturday until 1 a.m.), 121 W. 9th St., 336.448.0018, 
  • Sir Winston, (Monday thru Sunday until 11 p.m.), 104 W. 4th St., 336.722.0795,
  • Foothills Brewing, (Monday thru Sunday until 11:30 p.m.), 638 W. 4th St., 336.777.3348,
  • Washington Perk (Monday thru Sunday until Midnight), 301 W. 4th St., 336.448.5197,
  • Domino’s Pizza, (Carryout or Delivery) Sunday thru Thursday til Midnight and Friday and Saturday 1 a.m.), 630 W. 4th St., 336.724.1600,
  • Xcaret (Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.), 202 W. 4th St., 336.955.1345,
  • Fords Food Hall @ Roar (Friday and Saturday until midnight), 633 N. Liberty St., 336.917.3008,
  • Elasya B’s Candy Tree (Every night until 11 p.m.), 500 W. 4th St., 336.884.2002,
  • Est! Est! Est! @ Roar (Friday and Saturday until Midnight), 633 N. Liberty St., 336.917.3008,
  • Brothers Pizzeria (Friday and Saturday until 3 a.m.), 214 W. 4th St., 336.842.0587, 
  • Mellow Mushroom (Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.), 314 W. 4th St., 336.245.2820,
  • Burke Street Pizza (Friday and Saturday until 11 p.m.) 1140 Burke St., 336.722.0011,

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