Last few days. A Richmond institution will soon be closing its doors, but there are still a few days left to get your sandwich fix. Nick’s International Foods on Broad Street will soon close and relocate — and we’ve heard the last day for sandwiches and prepared foods is December 16th. So get on over there for lunch this week and give the location a fond farewell. Then set a reminder to visit them in 2018 in their new location (opening date has yet to be announced). ICYMI. Last week, this ridiculous story broke about a shed became London’s top-rated restaurant seemingly overnight (in reality it did take a while). How did it happen? Read the story here. It’s so unbelievable that its hilarious. My fav. part is what the guy used to create the delicious looking food. As if you needed an excuse to drink more beer. This piece from NPR highlights…

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‘Tis the season for giving, and if you’re still looking for the perfect gift for the food-loving family member or friend in your life, well, look no further. We’ve put together a short list of some of our local favorites items that would be great for gifting, whether as a stocking stuffer or bundled together in a gift basket. AR’s Hot Southern Honey Richmonder Ames Russell has always enjoyed spending time in the kitchen, so much so that each year when the holidays came around Russell would make homemade gifts of some kind for his family. First, there was a homemade remoulade recipe, and then a recipe for fried chicken that called for hot honey, which inspired Russell to try his hand at making the condiment at home. He made about 100 bottles for friends and family one year before deciding that this blend of Virginia honey with fresh red…

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The Black Sheep lives. Food news happens quick, friends. In the last What’s Happenin’ Wednesday, Kelsey shared that The Black Sheep was closing its doors – but not for long, it turns out, as the owner announced something new is headed to the former Black Sheep space, though it looks like the jury is still on out on what exactly that will be. You can read more details over at Richmond Magazine and RichmondBizSense. Christmas is in session. If you’re looking to combine a fun meal with something festive, look no further than Rapp Session. Looking for holiday music? They have it. Fun decorations? Check. An opportunity to give back? That’s covered, too. Don’t worry, they didn’t forget about food and drink specials, both eggnog and hot cider are making an appearance on the menu this month. Karri Peifer has the full scoop on how the restaurant is getting into the…

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Big week in #RVA restaurant news. The restaurant industry does not take a break over the Thanksgiving holiday. So stay with me while I rattle off all of the recent announcements. First, in sad news, the restaurant with sandwiches the size of battleships, The Black Sheep, has closed, we have our fingers crossed that the rumors about a new location are true. Now for the good news. Scoop, an ice cream shop brought to you by the awesome woman behind Whisk, will be opening in the former Fan Video space (on Strawberry Street) this spring. No word on an opening date from Little Nickle, the next restaurant concept from Johnny Giavos, but here’s a preview of their cocktail menu to keep you on your toes. I’ll take one of each, please. Up in Church Hill there’s a flurry of activity including the announcement of Alewife, a new fish-focused restaurant from Lee Gregory — you probably recognize the name…

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Pupatella, a Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant, opened its first Richmond location — and second Virginia location — in the former Rancho T space at 1 North Morris Street back in July. The restaurant’s first location in Arlington is known for serving some of the best pizza in the D.C. area (and has awards to prove it!) so we were excited to try it out. We ventured to the restaurant for lunch and there’s a lot to like about this spot, from the free and convenient parking which is a big plus in a part of town where parking can be tricky to the efficient and friendly service from the second you walk in the door. When you walk inside, you order at the counter, take a number and then find a seat. On our visit, our food was brought out very quickly which is especially nice during the lunch hour when…

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