Expansion underway. Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery announced a $14 million expansion last week that will not only expand their existing brewery space in Goochland but will also add a new production brewery in downtown Lynchburg. You can find all the details on  the announcement over at The Richmond Times-Dispatch. It’s going down(town). From the looks of the Instagram feed for Garnett’s at The Valentine, it sounds like we’ll be able to enjoy those tasty sandwiches, salads and pies downtown pretty darn soon. Same goes for Yaki, which will open to the public this Friday. In other downtown dining news, Paul Keevil, owner of Millie’s LuLu’s and Tio Pablo, plans to open a coffee shop in Shockoe Bottom at 29 N. 17th Street and BonChon, a chain known for its Korean fried chicken, is opening its fourth location in Richmond and first within the city near VCU. When basic just won’t cut it. Delish put…

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This week in Richmond restaurant news. 11 Months, the rotating restaurant concept brought to you by the owner of Don’t Look Back and New York Deli, is now open in Carytown. It’s opening theme: BFFs. Seriously. Soft open hours through the weekend. Yaki, in Jackson Ward, appears to be days away from opening — it just got its ABC license — and we cannot wait to taste all of the yakitori. The Capital Ale House owners are planning to open a beer garden/restaurant in the Woodlake Commons Shopping center (in Midlothian) later this summer. And also in Midlothian, Chesterfield County’s first Mellow Mushroom is set to open in June. Look at you go Midlo, look at you go. An avocado toast article, but probably not the one you saw floating around Facebook. If you’ve ever ordered avocado toast in a restaurant and thought to yourself this is amazing but why am…

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Headed West. In local news, new tenants are headed to Regency Square Mall, including Regal Cinemas, Chipotle and MOD Pizza. You can read all of the details over at The Richmond Times-Dispatch. And, there’s more: Robey Martin has info on other developments west of Short Pump in this article for Richmond Magazine. Just in time for Memorial Day. It’s true, you can now try your hand at making a Shake Shack cheeseburger at home with this recipe that TastingTable shared on their website from the new cookbook Shake Shack: Recipes & Stories. The best part? The recipe for ShackSauce is also included. What’s that sound? I’ve been getting more into podcasts lately and have found them a good way to make productive use of the time I have in the car every day on my ride to and from the office. I’ll be honest, the ones I’ve been listening to have nothing…

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If you’re lazy like me but still want a garden full of fresh veggies. I saw these cute little seed packets on a recent episode of Shark Tank and I’m obsessed. I like the idea of gardening, but who really has the time. I think I am going to order the Grow Your Own Taco SeedSheet, which includes cilantro, arugula, scallions and radishes. Restaurant news round up. Eleven Months, the spot brought to you by the folks behind Don’t Look Back, just posted hiring information on Facebook which means the opening date can’t be too far away. If you follow Bon Appetit on Instagram, you might’ve seen a peek at the status of Brenner Pass which looks like it might be opening in the next month or so. Frontier — brought to you by the owner of Alamo BBQ — is shooting for a September opening date. And Athens Greek Tavern (on Robinson)…

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. In a recent What’s Happenin’ Wednesday, we mentioned that we would jump at the chance to be ice cream judges for Gelati Celesti for a friendly flavor competition they were holding among their four locations. Well, consider us lucky, because they invited us to be judges and we had a blast sampling different ice cream flavors and voting for our favorites. The winner was Scott’s Addiction, a nutella ice cream with biscotti pieces throughout. Definitely worth a try if you see the flavor on the menu on your next visit to Gelati Celsti! Not only bad things come in threes. Johnny Giavos announced last week that he is opening not one, not two, but three new spots in the Richmond area – a restaurant in Forest Hill, a gourmet market in Scott’s Addition and a coffee shop in Stratford Hills. You can…

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