Weekly Food Notes: the Transformation of the Old Buddy's, Alcoholic Cupcakes and More 


Metzger Mourns: Metzger Bar & Butchery’s Kurt Moon died in a car accident last week. The driver of the van was charged with drunk driving and the investigation into the accident continues. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and co-workers.

Closings: Castanea, Curry Craft Bar & Restaurant, Omega Grecian Restaurant, Pomegranate and Shockoe Whiskey & Wine all closed, reports the Times-Dispatch. … And Richmond magazine reports that Lucille’s Bakery on Meadow Street is no longer open.

New Concept: The Blue Goat, at 5710 Grove Ave., will temporarily shut down at the beginning of 2017 to revamp its menu. When it reopens, it will feature Asian fare — a nod to the building’s former tenant, the Peking. The Blue Goat owner Chris Tsui has a lot of ties to the space: He started out as a busboy there, his uncle co-founded the restaurant and his father came on board later as a Peking co-owner. eatrp.com.

Openings: The old Buddy’s building at Robinson Street and Hanover Avenue now houses Secco Wine Bar, which will open Friday, Sept. 30. seccowinebar.com. … Chef Michael Hall’s Spoonbread Bistro opened for dinner and weekend brunch in the old Jorge’s Cantina space at 2526 Floyd Ave. facebook.com/spoonbreadbistro. … A new bakery, Lush, is now serving alcohol-infused cupcakes at 9963 Orchard Meadow Road in Mechanicsville. lushrva.com. Three Notch'd Brewing Co. is open for business in Scott's Addition. threenotchdbrewing.com. ... Sen, serving Vietnamese small plates made with organic ingredients, opened in the old Dixie Donuts building in Carytown, reports RVAHub. senorganicsmallplate.com.

Coming Soon: Stella’s announced that it would open a second location in Charleston, South Carolina, to open in the spring of 2017. stellasrichmond.com

Back on Track: Edward’s Virginia Smokehouse in Surry, devastated by fire in January, is again producing its award-winning ham, bacon and sausages, and everyone in Virginia is cheering. edwardsvaham.com.

Star Power: The Food Network tapped the Halligan Bar & Grill in Short Pump for “Ginormous Foods,” which will feature the restaurant’s Flatliner. How big is it? It comes on a six-inch bun stacked with a half-pound of hamburger burger, pulled pork, brisket, cheddar, pepper jack and onion rings. The sandwich reportedly weighs a whopping 3 pounds. thehalliganbar.com.

Happenings: Mississippi’s James Beard Award winner John Currence is coming to Southbound, at 3036 Stony Point Road, on Oct. 23 to promote his latest cookbook, "Big Bad Breakfast: the Most Important Book of the Day." He’ll prepare a three-course breakfast-for-dinner meal for $50 (excluding taxes and gratuity) and a copy of his book is included in the ticket price. southboundrva.com.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, Pomegranate and Castanea also closed after this story originally published. It's been updated to include them.

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