Openings, closings and more. Let’s start with the good news. Chef Michael Hall is opening a second location of Spoonbread Bistro and Nick’s Produce and International Food Market is open at its new location on Westwood, albeit without sandwiches. In closing news, 7 Hills Brewing in Shockoe has shut its doors. In the other category, Carytown Burgers & Fries is fighting to keep the original location alive and Mayor Levar Stoney has proposed raising the city’s meal tax, which has lots of people talking.
Rosé + cider? Count me in. Way to combine my two favorite drinks, Bold Rock. The cidery announced this week (on a perfectly timed balmy winter day) that it will be releasing rosé, a fruit-forward cider on February 3rd, when it will be available at the cideries for purchases. Retail distribution will take place shortly thereafter. Check out the launch party details here.
I’ll have what they’re having. Robey Martin put together a piece for CBS 6 highlighting some well-known Richmond chef’s favorite dishes of 2017. I am NOT surprised that the pizza at Galley Go-To was a hit across that board because that stuff is amazing!
Here’s a scoop for ya. Rainbow cookie ice cream is BACK for a limited time at all four locations of Gelati Celesti. I mean, what are you waiting for? I want to go all in on a pint because….well, why not?
A bandwagon worth joining. If you follow us on Instagram, you probably saw that we posted a picture earlier this week of the cookies everybody is talking about, Alison Roman’s salted chocolate chip shortbread cookies from her new cookbook Dining In. Believe the hype, ya’ll -— these cookies are good. Here’s the recipe. Please note: the 2 hour chill time for the dough is very important. Don’t skip that step!
What to add to your calendar
Taking stock. Station 2 is hosting an event tonight from 5-10 p.m. to introduce new restaurant concept Root Stock Provisions. They’ll be serving breakfast items and giving guests a feel for the menu and offerings that Root Stock will be bringing to 1810 East Main Street once open.
PHO’s poppin’ up in Carytown. Save the date for Monday, March 12 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. when PHO Q Pop-Up will be taking place at The Broken Tulip in Carytown. There will be beef, chicken and vegan pho in addition to small appetizers, beer and cocktails.
Cocktails for a cause. While you’re at it, block off that Tuesday night, too. Julep’s is giving back to the Massey Alliance with a Cocktails For A Cause event on Tuesday, March 13 where 10 percent of sales from the day will be donated back to Massey. So, stick around after happy hour and make dinner reservations while you’re at it.