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Restaurant proliferation, uncanny and seemingly unstoppable, continues with more openings this week.

Where the once-loved Rio Grande and its intricate wall mural used to be, Little Mexico is soon to open a decidedly spiffier business. Its corner location at Harvie and Cary streets offers wide window views, cushy booths and the usual Mexican dishes and combo platters served from a bright stainless-steel kitchen. It's a far cry from the old place with its dark, dive-y interior and underground attitude; the new spot has corporate-style efficiency thanks to its sibling relationship with the local Mexico chain. Lunch and dinner daily. 525-4216.

In the West End, Fantasy Island Café and Grille takes over where Manila Manila used to be at 9047 W. Broad St. The 86-seat, nonsmoking restaurant will serve Caribbean-inspired fare for lunch and dinner daily except Sundays. 270-4500.

Under the Richmond Sun

Winemaker Paolo De Marchi, owner of Isolet e Olena estate in Tuscany, comes to Richmond next week for a special event at Enoteca Sogno. It's the local wine bar's first wine dinner, and owner Gary York says the bottles to be poured are prestigious and unusually good. He'll serve a four-course authentic Tuscan meal to complement the wines. Tariff is $75 per person, including tax, and reservations are required. Seating is Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7:30 p.m. 2043 W. Broad St. 355-8466.

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