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Old Liberty Valance Spot Turning into Something Not Nearly as Cool

Good news if you like video games.

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Liberty Valance was a smoke filled western themed oasis of seasoned drunks that would come alive for karaoke and drinks in glass cowboy boots. It had a covered wagon entrance, stagecoach, jail, and more western tchotchkes than your crazy uncle’s estate sale. They fought the smoking ban in restaurants  but to no avail. The times changed and despite an effort to spruce up the front of the building including removal of the covered wagon, Liberty rode off into the sunset in the summer of 2011.

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Image from 2011 RTD article on the closing.

In my heart I wanted to see it re-born. Perhaps that spot was magical and another themed restaurant would spring up. Pirates or knights serving me questionable steak and shrimp that never saw an ocean. Alas that dream is crushed as well. As you can see from the building permit a Game Stop is moving in. Game Stop sells and buys video games. Pirates and knights will be in the building but of the virtual variety and not the serving me a beer variety.

One would assume that spells the doom for the Game Stop in the Martin’s/Target Shopping center directly behind the Liberty Valance building. Which means one more empty store front in what is becoming a ghost town of a strip mall.

Image: RTD

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Food & Drink

Alert Your Tastebuds Richmond Restaurant Week Has Begun

There are over 50 restaurants participating so no matter what you’re craving there is a restaurant for you.

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You’ve got even more options on dining and supporting FeedMore this year with Richmond Restaurant Week.

We are excited to introduce a new way for our community to experience RRWeek! We are putting YOU, the dining guest, in the drivers seat. Choose your restaurant, choose your dining location, and choose your donation amount. You get the same exceptional cuisine, our restaurants get support and promotion, and Feed More gets to provide more hunger relief to our community. It’s an all around big win for the Richmond community. Are you excited to join us?!

FIRST, CHOOSE YOUR RESTAURANT(S)

With over a two dozen local restaurants participating, you are sure to find a longtime favorite or brand new love to explore and taste. Each restaurants’ menu will vary depending on their current offerings. There won’t be any special meals for RRWeek, but there will still be loads of incredibly delicious fare to choose from.

SECOND, CHOOSE YOUR DINING LOCATION

Each restaurant’s locations will vary, but you may have the option to eat inside, al fresco, or opt for take out or delivery. Spruce up your weeknight meal with delivery, plan a social distanced weekend event, or grab takeout and enjoy a picnic outdoors! The options are endless.

THIRD, CHOOSE YOUR DONATION AMOUNT

Finally, when you make your order, don’t forget to add a donation to Feed More! Each participating restaurant will have $5 donations available on their online menu for the duration of RRWeek. A $5 donation provides up to 20 meals for a neighbor in need. Feeling generous? Toss a few fivers in the cart and help Feed More give even more to our community’s most vulnerable populations.

There are over 50 restaurants participating so no matter what you’re craving there is a restaurant for you.

 

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Carmela’s Turning Off Pizza Ovens for Good

Carmela has been serving up pizza in Shockoe Bottom for the past three years.

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Posted to Facebook yesterday:

To our dearest customers, after careful consideration, we have decided to close our doors. We like to express our deepest gratitude to you all for your support and love for Carmela’s pizza over the past 3 years!
We like to thank our whole Carmela’s team, past and present. We’re so proud of what we’ve accomplished together and couldn’t have done it without your talent and great effort of everyone involved!!
We’re just incredibly thankful for the opportunity to have opened such a beautiful pizzeria. This may not be a goodbye forever, but for now, it’s the right choice for our family.
Thank you again for the sweet memories and for allowing us to serve you RVALots of love,
Victor & Melinda
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Carmela’s was located on 3 N 17th Street.

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Richmond VegFest Solves Your Saturday Eating Plans

Great food, speakers, cooking demos, music, and activities for the kids! Saturday, October 2nd at Byrd Park 12 -6 PM.

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