Weekly Food Notes: Sizzling North Side, Expanding Choices + More 


It seems as if 2017 is shaping up to be a year of expansion: Mama J.’s Kitchen is planning to take over the building next door at 411 N. First St., reports Richmond BizSense. The longtime Richmond favorite wants to increase capacity for its catering business and will expand the kitchen and move its offices to the new building. mamajskitchen.com.

It’s a family affair for Joe Kiatsuranon — YaYa’s Cookbook, named for his mother and grandmother — will open Thursday, April 27 at 11674 W. Broad St. in Short Pump. The owner of Sabai and My Noodle Bar has created a menu full of Thai food, sushi and craft cocktails.

North Side will see yet another spot open its doors, this time in an old auto repair shop, BizSense says. Sisters Kristin and Kia Player will open Dixie Bell’s at 400 W. Brookland Park Blvd. in the fall.

Sapori Ristorante Italiano has closed in Chester, reports the Times-Dispatch. There’s a For Lease sign in the window, but no other details.


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