Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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RVA Food News: Chesterfield gastropub preview, Tim Bereika leaves Secco, Dishcrawl returns + more.

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click to enlarge Matt and Karen Verdisco open their Chesterfield gastropub Brew this week, showing the patio of a building they transformed for their first restaurant venture. - ASH DANIEL
  • Ash Daniel
  • Matt and Karen Verdisco open their Chesterfield gastropub Brew this week, showing the patio of a building they transformed for their first restaurant venture.

Just as sushi and house-roasted coffee used to portend a culinary upswing in a neighborhood, lately it’s the gastropub that proves the times are changing. Such is the case in central Chesterfield County, where a 30-tap business with a locally focused menu opens this week and updates that suburban dining landscape in a big way.

Owned by Karen and Matt Verdisco, Brew has all the hallmarks of a city spot — poured concrete bar and communal tables, industrial-modern décor, lounge seating on the patio, multitudes of craft beers and cocktails, a from-scratch kitchen using select local purveyors, and a focused staff. “We love the concept and it’s something we always searched for in Chesterfield,” Karen Verdisco says. “It feels good to say we created this from the ground up — it’s a nice collaborative effort.” James Vance manages front of house and bar, and Josh Reed and Charles Williams are chef and sous chef.

The space seats about 63 inside and 60 on the patio. Products include Lamplighter Coffee, Carytown Teas, Gelati Celesti ice cream and Boylan’s sodas, along with local craft beer, a 40-item wine list and house-made cocktail mixes with Agriberry fruits. The menu has grilled sandwiches, small plates, gourmet burgers and changing specials, all made to order in a kitchen that has no freezer except to store ice cream.

Brew is open for lunch, dinner and bar hours Monday through Saturday, and brunch on Su

nday, at 6525 Centralia Road in the Chesterfield Meadows Shopping Center. 454-0605. brewgastropub.com.

Chefs’ choice: Tim Bereika has left Secco Wine Bar for a position with Mosaic Edibles, the city’s mega-caterer. Chef Mike Braune, formerly Secco’s sous chef, steps up and will retain the wine bar’s sophisticated menu, making adjustments described as subtle and gradual. Bereika returns with other guest chefs for a tomato-themed dinner later in August. Kevin LaCivita has left the Blue Goat in Westhampton, and owner Chris Tsui says a new chef will be named this week.

Acacia after dark: For those who’d like a later nosh at one of the city’s favorite dining spots, Acacia Mid-Town will serve as host of Fin de Soiree from 9-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays at the bar and on the patio, with specially priced bites. 2601 W. Cary St. acaciarichmond.com.

Group feed: A national dining-out experience called Dishcrawl.com returns here Aug. 13 with an event in Carytown. For a $45 ticket, guests will visit four of the neighborhood’s restaurants for tasting samples at each. The names of the businesses are revealed just prior to the evening. “We’ll have a trio of tasting items and talk to the chef or owner, mix and mingle with people in the community,” host Melanie Bianco says. Carytown is “a perfect place to start,” she says, as she revives the concept that first came here early this year. Details at dishcrawl.com/carytown.

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