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Scott Elmquist

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Weekly Food Notes

Sweet Frog Owner cashes out, Valentine's specials + More

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 2:30 PM

The Frog marches on — this time to a different drummer. Sweet Frog, the monolithic, Richmond-based frozen-yogurt company, has seen enormous growth since it opened its first shop in 2009. The chain recently clocked in at 348 stores. Now, owner Derek Cha will cash an enormous check (we assume, at least — the amount is undisclosed) from private equity firm Boxwood Partners LLC, which acquired the company last week.

Bring on the praise: The Roosevelt was named one of the 13 best restaurants in the South by the website Thrillist. As writer Liz Childers puts it: “The Roosevelt will constantly make you want to stop in and say hi. Just don’t be weird about it.”

Brew news: Satisfy your bloodlust. Strangeways Brewing’s new beer, Gwar Blood, is available at both GwarBar and at Strangeways’ taproom. … Ardent Craft Ales now offers Earl Grey Brown Ale, made in conjunction with Charlottesville’s Champion Brewing Co. … Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is selling its new Bourbon Barleywine, along with a collaboration with Florida’s Cigar City Brewing, the Milkman and Milkmaid Stouts. … And finally, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewing released its Mango Habanero Brown Ale on Saturday.

Fighting fire: Amour Wine Bistro is celebrating Richmond firefighters on Feb. 24 and 25 by donating 15 percent of its sales those nights to the Beat the Heat scholarship fund for children of firefighters. Last year, Amour suffered a devastating fire, and the event is the restaurant’s way of thanking the men and women who came to its aid.

Almost Open: The South Side location of Boka Grill and Growler is slated to open this week, according to neighborhood blog Hills & Heights.

Dining romance: Things are happening all over on Valentine’s Day. Here are just a few: Acacia Mid-Town will offer a $65 prix fixe menu, or a $22.50 crab cake dinner to take home. Secco Wine Bar plans Secco Is for Lovers, in effect all weekend, with a $35 prix fixe dinner and optional wine pairings for an additional Jackson. Positive Vibe Café will have a prix fixe menu that will run $38 per person or $70 per couple. For $68, you’ll get a prix fixe with wine pairings at Barrel Thief Wine Shop & Cafe. Camden’s Dogtown Market offers its prix fixe for $35, and Southbound’s will cost $40 per person. It’s worth calling your favorite restaurant to see what Feb. 14 offers are planned.

President’s Day: Once upon a time, Strawberry Street Café celebrated President’s Day with brunch on a weekday. It has revived the tradition, and you can order the fried green tomato eggs Benedict, plus the rest of the brunch menu, on Monday, Feb. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More praise: File under “Better Late Than Never.” Comfort’s Travis Milton and his Appalachian cuisine were profiled in the February issue of the Local Palate, a food-culture magazine based in Charleston, South Carolina. Belated congratulations, Travis.

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