Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Weekly Food Notes: A Metamorphosis, Beer Expansion + New Food For Fall

Whew! No permanent closings at the moment.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Openings: There’s a new spot on Lakeside. Another Round Bar and Grill is open at 7515 Brook Road and serves the usual suspects including potato skins, plenty of wings, burgers and some fancier entrees such as salmon and filet mignon.

Re-opening: And after all the closings in the past week, it’s a relief to hear that Kanoa Latin Cuisine, at 417 W. Grace St., isn’t closing for good-- the menu is getting a makeover. In a couple of weeks, it will reemerge as Alera Mexican Restaurant. We’ll miss the arepas, but we’re glad owner Yofre Blanco is striding into the future instead of locking his doors permanently.

Bigger and Better: Strangeways Brewing is planning to open a new production plant in Fredericksburg, to the tune of $2.5 million, Richmond BizSense reports. “It’s actually the building we used to run our chain of seven clothing stores from,” founder Neil Burton, a Fredericksburg native, says.

Seasonal Changes: Lucca Enotoca has a new menu for fall, plus an expanded wine selection. New dishes include black bass with Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, and duck with cabbage, butternut squash and fig sauce.

Wine Ride: October is Virginia Wine Month, and if you use Uber to visit a winery -- no matter how remote -- you'll receive discounts on tastings, bottles and merchandise, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced.

Happenings: Acacia Mid-town has a wine dinner on planned for Thursday, Oct. 13 with winemaker Elizabeth Spencer. Chef Dale Reitzer will whip a few things such as potato gnocchi with fresh crabmeat and celery root cream, and braised boneless beef shortribs with curry carrot purée.

It’s almost time for Richmond Restaurant Week. Get ready for Oct. 24-30 when special three-course dinners will cost $29.16 a person. The event benefits FeedMore and $4.16 of the meal cost goes to the charity. This spring, FeedMore received $59,899.27 from the event.

CORRECTION: The day of Acacia Mid-town's wine dinner was originally incorrect. It will take place on Thursday, not Friday, Oct. 13.


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