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Another Giavos Project: Kitchen 64

Katrina Giavos has the restaurant business in her blood. Just a year after closing Stella's in the Fan, she's opening a new restaurant — another in a string of local eateries she and husband, Johnny, operate. And for the first time they're going to the North Side.

"This is the fun part," she says of the planning process that's turning the former Zippy's Ba-Ba's at 3336 N. Boulevard into the new Kitchen 64. "It will be a breakfast, lunch and dinner family type of restaurant with a no-smoking environment, which I'm really happy about," she says. "We have so many friends who live in all parts of the North Side, so this is our great opportunity. And we love the location and all the parking."

Fans of the former Stella's will find Stella Dikos in the kitchen again, creating some of her signature dishes alongside Kirsten Perkinson, formerly of Mainly Pasta and 821 Cafe, who will prepare Fan-style standards with bistro twists.

"Johnny keeps telling me the menu will be a great surprise," Katrina Giavos says, laughing. She knows the challenges and details of opening one restaurant while overseeing three others (including Kuba Kuba, 3 Monkeys and Sidewalk Café). She's keeping her husband fully occupied with permits, contractors and vendors before a menu can be finalized.

Meanwhile, Katrina Giavos is exercising her creative instincts by designing an interior that is "fun, relaxed and nice," she says, with maple booths, two bars and a patio. It will have easy access from Interstate 64, hence the name. A November opening is anticipated.

Restaurant Changes

Zed Café is now serving dinner Thursdays through Saturdays, featuring a seasonal menu of organic foods and select meats, poultry and seafood. The nonsmoking bistro is located at 5109 Lakeside Ave. 261-5656.

Duro has closed in Carytown. Kitty O'Shea's is now Murphy's Law II in Shockoe Bottom. Lift coffee shop downtown has expanded its weekday hours until 7 p.m. and is now open Saturdays.

Reasons to Dine

A trip to the countryside, a church luncheon, jars of homemade preserves, cookies, cakes and breads: It's the annual Autumn Pilgrimage, Sept. 30 in Charles City County. During the daylong, event visitors tour historic and contemporary houses, convene for lunch, chorale music and carriage displays, and take chances on raffles for a classic 1966 Mustang convertible, fully restored, or an Irish chain-motif quilt sewn by parish members. See or call 458-5650 for information.

"Le Chef de Femme" is a second annual wine dinner featuring some of Richmond's top female chefs, set for Oct. 4 at The Dining Room of the Berkeley Hotel. Andrea Huntjens, Christine Wansleben, Jannequin Bennett and Q Derks will join the hotel's executive chef Michael Hall and Melissa Close of Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Vineyard in preparing the five-course dinner. Laura Robinson of Click Wine Group will discuss Australian wines selected to complement each course. Reservations are required; the cost is $80 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 225-5105.

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