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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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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Good news and bad news. The bad news: one of our favorite markets, JM Stock Provisions, announced this week that the Richmond location is closing. They do plan to reopen at some point, when they can find a location that better suits them. You can read the full announcement, which they sent out via newsletter, here. It’s hard to find a bright side here, but if there is one, it’s that Meat Club remains. You can find all the details about that on this handy-dandy guide on their website, but keep an eye out because it sounds like more options are coming soon for Meat Club members. A new month, another list from BuzzFeed! No shame, I don’t hide my love for these monthly lists from BuzzFeed with seasonal recipe ideas and a chart telling me what exactly is in season this month. There’s still two whole weeks left in the…

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Kitchen hacks. I came across a POPSUGAR story this week featuring Tyler Florence’s take on mashed potatoes, and I’d be lying if I said the recipe didn’t make me prematurely excited for Thanksgiving. The trick? Instead of cooking the potatoes in water, Florence cooks them in cream so none of the potato flavor is lost during the cooking process. POPSUGAR tested the recipe, and the author said she’s never going back to another mashed potato method again. If you have five minutes. You might appreciate this funny read from Bon Appétit titled In Memoriam: All the Untouched Food on ‘The Bachelorette.’ Because let’s be real, who doesn’t touch any food at a barbecue? There’s a new store where everything (!) is $3. Have you all heard about Brandless yet? The company kicked things off just last month with an online store where everything in the story costs only $3. You heard me right –…

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1,400 boozy shakes. That’s a whole lotta milkshakes – and according to a recent Richmond Magazine piece by Catherine Amos Cribbs, that’s how many boozy shakes Boulevard Burger & Brew serves up in any given week. The mint chocolate chip shake highlighted in the article is one of the restaurant’s most popular dessert concoctions, and it’s a treat worth keeping in mind if this warm weather keeps up. One door closes, a few more open. In this week’s update on the RVA dining scene, Deco has closed its doors and the owner of Tarrant’s plans to open a new restaurant in the space, Carrot & Kale, which will offer juices and snacks. Sushi and steak lovers will be happy to know that Red Salt Chophouse & Sushi will open to the public on Monday, July 31 at 12221 West Broad Street. We’ve been following along with the restaurant on Instagram and I’m already…

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