click to enlarge Harry Potter-themed treats are making a return to Carytown Cupcakes.

Harry Potter-themed treats are making a return to Carytown Cupcakes.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Weekly Food Notes: Love from the Washington Post, Harry Potter's Cupcakes are Back + More.

Slow news is mostly good news.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 12:26 PM

Fortunately, the restaurant closings around town slowed down, but so did the openings. And that's not a bad thing. But don't stop reading. There are still a few things to mention, nonetheless.

 Tom Sietsema of the Washington Post came through Richmond a couple of weeks ago on a whirlwind eating tour to catch up on the latest and greatest in the Richmond dining scene. You can read all about it here.

The old Village building is back in the hands of the Dikos/ Giavos family, reports Richmond BizSense and we couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome. In 1956, Stavros Dikos and his lovely young wife, Stella, opened the original Village Restaurant in the space at 939 W. Grace St. No word yet on what kind of restaurant will go in, although there are plans to start renovations in January.

Takara Ramen is now open in the old TCBY space at at 9468 W. Broad St.

Sapori Ristorante Italiano’s co-owner Luca Amato in Chester announced that he’ll open a new restaurant at 2028 W. Cary St. “Actually, I had looked around for about a year and a half and nothing was working out because I couldn’t find a space,” Amato said to the Times-Dispatch. “I was just walking about the city and happened to find that space.”

It looks like Benny’s BBQ at 3044 Stony Point Road in the Stony Point Shopping Center is closed, reports the Times-Dispatch.

Harry Potter is back! At Carytown Cupcakes! From Oct. 24 November 6th, you’ll find all kinds of special Harry Potter-themed events happening and the bakery will offer six new cupcake flavors each week. “Our shop will be transformed into a wizarding fantasy-world, complete with floating candles, the Sorting Hat, potions, wands, dementors, an Azkaban photo booth, and our very own forbidden forest,” said Carytown Cupcakes co-owner Kevin Liu in a news release.

The Jackdaw is popping up at Kinsfolk on Monday, Oct. 24, starting at 5:30 p.m. You can expect chef Ian Merryman’s shrimp rangoons, squid-ink congee and black sesame-currant macarons, among other offerings.

And remember -- Richmond Restaurant Week is going on right now. Seize the moment!

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