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Oriental Food Store is closing up

Opened in 1983 the shop has seen a bunch of changes in our little neighborhood.

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It’s with more than a little shame that I have to admit that after living here for 13 years I never went into the Oriental Food Shop. Time is running out on slackers like myself and those that have been regulars for years.

Richmond Magazine has this nice article on the closing and history of the shop.

In a shop at the edge of a strip mall, its exterior a faded tapestry of cherry blossoms, Japanese script and peeling white paint, Belle Ann Apodaca takes stock of the dwindling panko crumbs, boxed tofu, sesame oil, bric-a-brac and photos of customers alive and long passed, the culmination — and end — of nearly 33 years in business as one of Richmond’s first Asian food shops.

When the Oriental Food Store & Gift Shop opened at 4803 Forest Hill Ave. on Oct. 13, 1983, it wasn’t long before customers affectionately nicknamed the cheerful Apodaca “Li’l Miss Chin.”

I also hope that whatever happens to that location at least part of the mural on the side stays. The photos I’ve included were taken way back in 2011 and have since been touched up and refreshed a bit.

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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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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
Carmela’s
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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