Richmond’s latest restaurant openings. Salad lovers, rejoice because there’s a new fast casual salad option, Chopt, which opened earlier this week. A little further east, Scott’s Additons first barcade, The Circuit, also opens tomorrow, and the 10-year-old inside of me is PUMPED, think beer and pinball leagues — because they’re happening. In the Fan, in the former Fan Noodle Bar space, Pik Nik is also opening this week, with a completely redesigned interior and a focus that is different from the other restaurants owned by Joe Kiatsuranon and his family. And last but not least, Nettie’s Naturally which closed when its owner was blocked from re-entering the country, will reopen as Mahogany Sweets later this month. Cider is not beer. But you probably already knew that! Cider Week Virginia is about a month away, start prepping now by reading this article on the makers of Virginia Cider from Richmond Magazine.…

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Let’s just say we got a little excited when Jason Alley and his business partner Michele Jones decided to open a Philly style sandwich pop-up during lunch hours at Comfort back in June. A well-executed sandwich is hard to beat, and with one look at the menu, we knew these were going to be some good sandwiches. We reached out to Alley to see how things have been going so far, and it sounds like the excitement for the pop-up has exceeded expectations. Why Philly style sandwiches, you ask? “I have an unreasonable love for these types of sandwiches and shops, and my partner Michele Jones and I both are obsessed with the Rocky films,” says Alley. “It seemed like a no-brainer, and we are really having a lot of fun with it.” We asked about customer favorites on the menu and Alley told us the Italian Stallion is the…

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Is it too early for holiday shopping? Kick off your gift giving this year with this list from Tasting Table of 11 kitchen products from Anthropologie that each ring in under $20. I’m personally a big fan of these pretty spoon rests. ICA + a cafe. If the upcoming opening of the Institute for Contemporary Art wasn’t exciting enough, last week’s news that Ellwood Thompson’s plans to open a cafe there this spring took things to the next level. More on that over on Style Weekly’s website. Sometimes change is good. Plant Zero cafe has some new dinner options on its menu, and things are looking mighty good. Between the crispy brussel sprouts and the loaded fingerling potatoes, let’s just say I’m trying to find a time to have dinner there real soon. And sometimes it’s hard. Yes, this is a PSA about french fries. For anyone who is a creature of habit…

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People need our help. It feels like the only thing we have control of in this crazy world are the actions we decide to take. In the spirit of that, I wanted to kick this week’s WHW off with a few places you might be able to help people in need this week. Here you can find a list of organizations working to help those in Puerto Rico affected by hurricane Maria (donate!). If you want to support the victims of the mass shooting/domestic terror attack in Las Vegas, please consider making a donation here. And for those interested in affecting change or at least making an effort to affect change when it comes to gun violence in America, please consider donating or becoming involved with Americans for Responsible Solutions. Richmond restaurant news. Poke Sushi Bowl is opening its first Richmond-area location in Short Pump. The restaurant, which has roots in Charlottesville,…

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