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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

UPDATE: Deep Run Barbecue Comes to VCU

The second location is now open in the old Moo Burgers space.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 1:30 PM

UPDATE: The Deep Run Roadhouse is now open at 309 N. Laurel St. Let the smokiness begin!

Deep Run Roadhouse will open its second location next month, Richmond BizSense reports. The spot at at 309 N. Laurel St. most recently housed Moo Burgers, and before that, Nile Ethiopian Cuisine — and if your memory goes even further back then that, Hole in the Wall, owned by Eric Bopst and Style contributor Chris Bopst.

11-24-2015 3:30 p.m.: Deep Run owner Paul Hubbard, who was also one of the founders of Alamo BBQ in Church Hill, says, “The menu down there will be a little more limited. It’s more of a VCU-friendly lunch spot,” according to BizSense.

Hubbard isn’t worried about the restaurants that have come and gone in the same spot. Or that Bigg’s BBQ wasn’t able to make a go of it two blocks away on Grace Street.

“There’s no barbecue in the VCU area,” he says. “I feel like we’ve made successful restaurants work in challenging locations in the past.”

Monday, November 30, 2015

Virginia Beach's Taste Is Kind of, Sort of, Coming to Richmond

But not in the near future.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 11:57 AM

There’s a rumor that Taste Unlimited — or just Taste, as it’s now known — may be coming to the Grove Avenue area. The Virginia Beach-based gourmet sandwich shop and purveyor of killer house dressing, excellent pimento cheese and specialty items, has spawned a fanatical out-of-town fan base since it opened in 1973.

The information about a new store is mostly true — but not exactly what Richmonders might hope.

No lease has been signed, and although the Taste team is actively looking for a property, according to Amy Jordan, director of marketing, public relations and events, an opening isn’t planned until 2018.

The upshot: Taste wants to come, but it isn’t going to happen anytime soon. And next time you’re in Virginia Beach, please bring me back a bottle of its house dressing and a container of pimento cheese.

A New Steakhouse Comes to Shockoe Bottom

Owner Shawn Minter is in the planning stages.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Shawn Minter, co-owner of Shockoe Whiskey & Wine and Loft 17 will open a new spot with Tamica Epps, Shockoe Steakhouse, at 14 N. 18th St., in January.

“We want to bring a premier steakhouse to the Shockoe Bottom area,” Minter says. “[There’s] Morton’s, but none in the immediate area. That’s the void we’re trying to fill.”

Diners can expect a comprehensive array of beef cuts, plus New Zealand lamb chops and seafood, including lobster. Tastings and wine pairings are also planned.

Minter is especially excited about the patio behind the restaurant, which is shared with Loft 17. There are plans for a fire pit and heaters to accommodate winter dining as well. “We want to do patio dinners, provide a place for cigars and do private events outside too,” he says.

The restaurant is in the planning stages for now. Check back here for more details as Shockoe Steakhouse gets closer to opening.

CORRECTION: Tamica Epps, also a co-owner of Shockoe Steakhouse, Shockoe Whiskey & Wine and Loft 17 was left out of the story when it first published. We regret the error. >/p>

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Secco to Move into the Old Buddy's Place Spot in the Fan

The wine bar will make the move in 2016.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 12:38 PM

Secco Wine Bar is moving to the old Buddy’s Place location at 325 N. Robinson St. next year.

“All my friends are having babies,” Secco owner Julia Battaglini says. “I’m having a 2,500-square-foot restaurant.”

Battaglini has been looking for a new spot since June. Originally, she wanted to renovate and expand the Carytown location in the event space next door. But she discovered that it simply wouldn’t be possible — the space couldn’t support the work that needed to be done.

Lions Paw Development’s owner, Charlie Diradour, who owns the building that’s been in his family since the mid-20th century on the corner of Stuart Avenue and Robinson Street, says that his company will do a complete renovation of the building, which should be ready by the summer. “I’m so happy to be doing business with someone I’ve known for the last 20 years,” Diradour says.

Battaglini says she’s ready for the move. “It’s going to be weird not to be in Carytown after 17 years, but it’s a bigger space, has a patio and has parking,” she says. “We’re growing.”

Once the space is finished, the transition from the Carytown location to the one in the Fan should be a smooth one. “Charlie is doing it all,” she says, “and we’ll just slide on over eight blocks away.”

CORRECTION: This article originally stated that the old Buddy's space was on the corner of Hanover Avenue and Robinson Street. It's actually on the corner of Stuart Avenue and Robinson Street.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Weekly Food Notes: Virginia Oyster Trail, Cider Week + More

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 2:09 PM

Follow the shells: Gov. Terry McAuliffe opened the Virginia Oyster Trail, which connects visitors with oyster producers, raw bars and restaurants, at a ceremony at Irvington’s Tides Inn last week. virginiaoystertrail.com.

Openings: Chef Owen Lane’s newest venture, Vagabond, opened next door to the National. vagabondrva.com. … Home Sweet Home took over the old Mezzanine space. Search Facebook for Home Sweet Home. ... Zzaam Korean Grill, the latest from Sweet Frog founder Derek Cha, is ready for business in Carytown. facebook.com/zzaamfreshkoreangrillcarytown. … Guamian restaurant Ta Fanocha opened at 5650 Brook Road last month, the Times-Dispatch reported. facebook.com/ta.fanocho.3. … And Stroops, the second spot from the owners of Dutch & Co. is now serving gourmet hot dogs in Church Hill.

Happenings: Cider Week, Cider Week, Cider Week! Say it three times and it’s here — actually it’s been going on since last weekend. There’s still lots to do: You have the Potter’s Craft Cider Dinner — with fried chicken — at Pasture on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and the Blue Bee Cider Dinner at Camden’s Dogtown Market on Sunday, Nov. 22, with plenty of events in between. ciderweekva.com.

Presale Tickets, starting at 10 a.m., to Ina Garten's Carpenter Theatre Show

Here's the exclusive code to get them.

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 9:00 AM

UPDATE

Unfortunately, this code has expired. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, Nov. 20 at 10 a.m.

We’re all excited about seeing cookbook author and host of Food Network’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics” Ina Garten early next year. Tickets for the Carpenter Theatre show at 7:30 p.m. on February 25 officially go on sale Nov. 20.

However, Style readers can get a jump on that. Use the password FOOD today, Nov. 17, starting at 10 a.m. until 10 p.m., and you can buy tickets before the rest of the teeming masses of foodies do. Here’s a link to the ticket sale page.

There won’t be any fancy pyrotechnics or long, not-so-funny monologues in Garten’s show. Moderator and author Deborah Davis will join her on-stage for a conversation about her life and career, along with an audience Q&A.

Garten is the author of eight New York Times bestselling cookbooks and is one of the calmest and most reassuring hosts in a sea of sometimes bombastic shows on the Food Network. She’s taught a generation how to throw a dinner party without the ahead-of-time, backstage drama those events can sometimes cause. Or is that just me? Her recipes are clear and as I read them, I can hear her gentle, guiding voice in my head. The anxiety level dips. Even if you’re the rare breed that doesn’t sweat throwing a party, her recipes reliably work and are reliably delicious.

With Thanksgiving looming over everyone’s head, her recipe for make-ahead turkey might be the lifesaver you need. Impossible you say, to make a turkey ahead? Garten makes it SO.

And if you’re looking for a weeknight dish to hold you over until the big day, I cannot recommend her crispy mustard-roasted chicken from her 2013 book “Barefoot Contessa Foolproof” enough. I made a fumbling version of this for years until I found hers — infinitely better than anything I ever came up with.

So — Ina Garten, in person at the Carpenter Theatre. Buy those advance tickets now. The password is FOOD.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Update: Nile to Reopen in Church Hill

Citizen Burger Bar moving into Portrait House space.

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Portrait House, at 2907 W. Cary St., will close and Citizen Burger Bar will move in as soon as next month, owner Hamooda Shami says.

Shami, who also is co-ownre of New York Deli and Don't Look Back on the same block of West Cary Street, and Yearbook Taco in Charlottesville, opened Portrait House in 2013, and it became the home of Nile Ethiopian Cuisine in 2014 after owners Yoseph and Benyam Teklemariam were forced to close their storefront on Laurel Street.

Citizen Burger Bar is owned by Andy McClure's Charlottesville-based Virginian Restaurant Co., which also includes the Virginian, West Main Restaurant, the Biltmore Grill and two other Citizen Burger Bars.

"Call us sentimental, but we’d prefer to give our crew and our customers a chance to say goodbye to a place that gave us so many great (albeit hazy) memories," Shami says about the closing on Portrait House's Facebook page. "We’ll also be doing a ton of absurd specials in our closing weeks, leading up to our last day on Sunday, Dec. 13."

The Teklemariams plan to reopen the Nile as a take-out spot in Church Hill.

CORRECTION: It was originally stated that the Nile was located on Harrison Street. It was actually located on Laurel Street.

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Portuguese Wine Dinner at Kanoa

When was the last time you had linguiça?

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 2:47 PM

One thing Richmond lacks is a good Portuguese restaurant. Spain’s shadow looms large over the country that borders it on the west. Although plenty of comparisons can be made between the two types of cuisine, there also are plenty of differences. In fact, if you speak to someone from Portugal, they’ll say that Spanish food is, in fact, similar to their food, except that the Spanish get everything wrong. And, unsurprisingly, their Spanish neighbors feel exactly the same way — only in reverse.

We’ll let those guys duke it out. It’s worth seeking out authentic versions of both kinds of food. And despite Richmond’s lack of a real Portuguese restaurant, you can get a taste of what you’re missing Saturday, Nov. 14.

Kanoa Latin Cuisine, at 417 W. Grace St., will hold a Portuguese five-course wine dinner tomorrow night at 8:30. You can try a wide spectrum of offerings, from sopa de grao, a spinach & chickpea soup, to camarão y linguiça, which combines shrimp and Portugal’s traditional sausage in a honey-lemon paprika sauce. Those two dishes alone will show you why you want to search for and eat more of this country’s food.

Tickets are $85. You can call 588-9015 or visit facebook.com/kanoacuisine for more details.

And if you'd like to check out a review of Kanoa, pick up a copy of this week's issue or follow this link.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A New Restaurant for East Grace Street is Announced

The Secret Sandwich Society will open in early summer.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 2:47 PM

It’s no longer under wraps. The section of East Grace Street that ought to be renamed Restaurant Row at this point will soon gain another member. The Secret Sandwich Society, a sandwich open a second location in the now-empty space at 501 E. Grace St. and open its doors in 2016.

“We were excited by the growth potential of Richmond’s dining scene and the national attention it’s receiving,” David Bailey, co-owner of Secret Sandwich Society, said in a press release.

You can test your knowledge of American history while dipping a french fry in home-made ketchup at the restaurant — sandwiches are named after presidents and other historical figures, first ladies and Secret Service code names.

From a glance at the Fayetteville menu, soon, it appears, Richmonders can wrap their hands around the Polk, composed of a roasted chicken cutlet, chipotle-bacon jam, roasted garlic mayonnaise, or the Rawhide — President Ronald Reagan’s code name — a burger with mortadella, a fried egg, roasted garlic mayonnaise, pickles, crispy onions and American cheese, among other equally as loaded selections. A seasonal beer and cider menu will also be available.

Scott Boyers and Barry Hofheimer of CBRE Richmond represented the landlord.

Stroops Opens Friday the 13th

The much anticipated hot-dog joint from Dutch & Co. is firing up the grill.

Posted By on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 at 1:14 PM

Dutch & Co.’s new younger sibling, Stroops, will open Friday, Nov. 13, in Church Hill. It was inspired by the restaurant’s “Back Door Dogs” that it served from, well, its back door on 27th Street every Saturday.

Hot dog flavors rotated, and now with the opening of Stroops — named after the dessert waffle that’s Dutch & Co.’s most popular dessert — you will be able to order anything from an Oaxacan mole dog made from orange-glazed pork belly, squash butter, pepitas, queso fresca and cilantro to a turkporken dog with duck confit stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and mayonnaise from 11 a.m.-6p.m. at 2709 E. Marshall St.

And its namesake, the stroopwafel? Stroops will serve the classic version, an ice-cream sandwich and sell stroopwafel ice cream by the pint.

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