All about the restaurant weeks. Do you own a bike? Do you live near one of the new RVA Bike Share stations? If you answered yes to either of those questions, you have no reason not to participate in Richmond’s first Bike Restaurant Week, hosted by Sports Backers. See the list of participating restaurants here, and reserve your spot before the specials end on September 21. It’s time to start making a game plan for the restaurant week you don’t have to bike to, the list of the restaurants participating in this fall’s Richmond Restaurant Week was released earlier this week. Restaurant news from across the river. Things are happenin’ over in Manchester (finally)! One of Meg and I’s favorite lunch spots is Plant Zero — my go to order is the kickin’ chicken wrap — and did you know they’re now doing dinner? Style Weekly’s Karen Newton has all of…

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Putting Roots in Richmond. If you follow the Charlottesville food scene, chances are somewhere along the way you’ve heard of Roots Natural Kitchen, a fast-casual chain specializing in natural food. Richmond BizSense has all the details, but the good news is the chain plans to open its first Richmond restaurant at 939 W. Grace Street by February 1, 2018. In other restaurant news, Karri Peifer has the scoop on Toast’s new restaurant in Powhatan and Olio’s opening in the Fan on the Richmond Times-Dispatch website. Bagel creativity. Speaking of Charlottesville, I’ve got all the love for Bodo’s bagels and this ordering guide that Charlottesville 29 put together has me wanting to drive an hour west and get a bagel ASAP. Let’s just say Bodo’s employees sure know how to experiment when it comes to their bagel toppings -— there are some combinations on this list I never would have thought…

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If you like burgers, there’s a new pop-up in town you don’t want to miss: the Cobra Burger pop-up at The Veil Brewing Co. After seeing a pictures on our Instagram feeds of drool-worthy burgers (kudos to Robey Martin for this great shot) after the pop-up’s first installment, we decided we had to try them ourselves and oh man, were we in for a treat. The team behind Cobra Burger has one goal: to make a burger that will knock your socks off. The menu is simple, just burgers and fries — you won’t find anything vegetarian here. You can opt to get a junior size version of the Cobra burger with one patty, like we both did, or the full-size burger with two patties but that’s about the end of the decisions you’ll have to make when ordering here. A junior burger with fries will set you back just $10 and the…

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Patience will be rewarded. This week’s updates on the #RVAdine scene include bagels, barbecue x2, and breaking news one of our favorite chefs. Nate’s Bagels, which has been poppin’ up all over town for about a year will be officially opening his own shop at the corner of Cary and Allen in the Fan this winter. In barbecue news, major progress on ZZQ in Scott’s Addition has happened seemingly over night. Over in Manchester, the owners of Inner City Blues Carolina BBQ in the East End will be opening Pig and Brew. And last but certainly not least, Chef Mike Ledesma announced yesterday that he’ll be opening a new restaurant in the old Joy Garden space in Scott’s Addition, but don’t get too excited, the yet to be named place won’t open until 2018. The brains and taste buds behind some killer cookies. If you’ve ever had the fortune of patronizing a…

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Second locations and new collaborations. It seems like North End Juice Co. has had a line out the door of its walk-up window the Museum District location first opened, so we’re not surprised to hear about the plans for the owner to open a second location this fall in Midlothian, complete with an expanded menu and room for indoor dining. In other #rvadine news, Richmond Magazine has the details for what’s next for the Vagabond space. Don’t be surprised if you see familiar faces from Mama J’s, Lady N’awlins and F.W. Sullivan’s the next time you visit along with a completely new menu focused on soul-food. While there are many changes on the way, the name will remain the same. Bottom’s up. Good news for beer lovers in Shockoe Bottom, Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery is opening a brewbub at 1717 East Franklin Street. The space is still undergoing renovations and isn’t officially open quite…

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