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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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Postbellum Will Post No More

After 10 years the fan bar/restaurant is calling quits.

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The decision to close was announced on Facebook.

Thank you all for 10 years of support and loyal patronage.

Postbellum will be permanently closing at the end of this month. Our last day of service will be Sunday January 29th, 2023.

Any outstanding gift certificates or coupons will remain redeemable at our other restaurants (Station 2 and Oak & Apple).

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Eater Shows the Hard Work to Make a Tasty Croissant

Sub Rosa Bakery bakers Evin and Evrim Dogu step you through the process of making the pear and ricotta croissant.

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Torchy’s Tacos hosting grand opening of new Short Pump location today

Torchy’s is kicking off grand opening day on January 11th by offering the first 100 guests in line at 10 a.m. on opening day a limited-edition Torchy’s Restaurant Opening T-Shirt, which will grant the lucky Taco Junkie a year of free Green Chile Queso each time they wear it to the Short Pump location.

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Torchy’s Tacos, the popular Austin-based craft-casual brand known for its “Damn Good Tacos and addictive Green Chile Queso” according to its news release, is growing in Virginia with the opening of its newest restaurant on Wednesday, January 11th at 11120 West Broad Street, Suite A in Short Pump. This new location joins Torchy’s Charlottesville as the company’s second restaurant in Virginia, with an additional location in Carytown Exchange planned for February 2023.

Torchy’s is kicking off grand opening day on January 11th by offering the first 100 guests in line at 10 a.m. on opening day a limited-edition Torchy’s Restaurant Opening T-Shirt, which will grant the lucky Taco Junkie a year of free Green Chile Queso each time they wear it to the Short Pump location.

The Short Pump location boasts a 4,020-square foot dining room coupled with an outdoor patio, where guests can enjoy options like the Baja Shrimp taco, plant-based Mofaux taco and Torchy’s Taco of the Month while sipping fresh-made margaritas and signature cocktails. The company says every taco, queso and margarita is made-to-order.

Highlights from the Short Pump location include, per the press release:

  • Damn Good Tacos: Torchy’s inventive taco creations served on fresh, housemade corn or flour tortillas like Green Chile Pork featuring pork carnitas, green chiles and cotija cheese, MoFaux made with plant-based, cowboy-style Beyond Beef, the famous Trailer Park inspired by Torchy’s beginnings in an Austin food trailer with fried chicken, green chiles, lettuce, pico de gallo and cheddar jack cheese (or make it “trashy” by removing the lettuce and adding Green Chile Queso) and many more

  • Breakfast Tacos: Served all day long, with options like The Wrangler made with cage-free eggs, smoked beef brisket, potato, cheese and tomatillo sauce,Migas made with cage-free eggs, corn tortilla strips, green chiles, avocado, pico de gallo and cheese, and more

  • Taco of the Month: Torchy’s ever-changing monthly promotion of unique and mouth-watering tacos that keep Taco Junkies guessing and relishing year-round, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Torchy’s charitable partners including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, MD Anderson, and Phoenix House

  • Flavorful Sides: Including Green Chile Queso + Chips, Juan’s Refried Beans,Street Corn and fresh-made guacamole and salsa

  • Freshly Squeezed, Hand-shaken Margaritas and Local Brews: Happy hour runs Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. for dining in, with drink specials including $1.50 off draft and bottled beer and $2 off Damn Good Drinks

The restaurant’s hours of operation are:

  • Sunday: 9AM – 9PM
  • Mon-Thu: 10AM – 10PM
  • Friday: 10AM – 11PM
  • Saturday: 9AM – 11PM

Torchy’s Short Pump is currently hiring for all restaurant positions including cashiers, bartenders, food runners, expo, prep, grill cooks and dishwashers. Those interested can visit torchystacos.com/careers or stop by 11120 West Broad Street, Suite A to apply.

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