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First look: Spoonbread Bistro in The Fan opens today

The southern and French-inspired restaurant from Chef Michael Hall hopes to welcome diners September 16th.

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UPDATE: Spoonbread opens tonight, Tuesday, September 20th.

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Spoonbread Bistro, the latest concept from Chef Michael Hall, is set to open later this month in The Fan. Hall, former executive chef at the now-closed M Bistro & Wine Bar in Rocketts Landing, had a stint at the 2300 Club in Church Hill before taking over the soon-to-open space at the corner of Floyd Avenue and Robinson Street.

The spot was most recently home to Tex-Mex spot Jorge’s Cantina and was previously The Fanhouse.

Hall told us during a visit on Tuesday evening he plans to host a special preview cocktail party for neighbors adjacent to the restaurant before opening, if all goes to plan, on September 16th.

The building’s interior layout was largely retained in renovations to the spot, with the addition of new furniture; posh, bright green upholstery; rustic light fixtures; and lots of copper finishing. Hall says the last thing he needs to do is have the large mural of “Jorge” Washington on the brick next to the restaurant’s staircase creatively painted over–a plan is in the works.

As with the building’s previous establishments, the kitchen and a large, open dining area remain downstairs with additional seating and a full bar on the second floor.

The restaurant’s menu will feature southern and French-inspired cooking–full menu forthcoming–and be open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner service and brunch on Sundays.

Spoonbread Bistro is located at 2526 Floyd Avenue in The Fan.

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Change Coming to Positive Vibe Cafe

A new restaurant will be taking over Positive Vibe Cafe but still provide hands-on training for those with physical and development disabilities.

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From Positive Vibe Cafe’s Facebook

Well as we kept struggling to find a safe time to open The Cafe this past year, a new option has appeared. We were contacted by a west end restaurant (to be named soon) in October that was unhappy where they were located and interested in partnering with us at our location. Our Board met and we have decided to accept their offer, as long as our Training Program would continue at the location. Of course, our nonprofit mission was always focused on providing training for young adults with disabilities and that will continue. We look forward to this partnership and wanted to let everyone know the good news. The name of the restaurant and more details to follow. Stay tuned….

The Positive Vibe Café (2825 Hathaway Road) has been providing hands-on training & meaningful employment in food services to individuals with physical and developmental disabilities for the past. Founded in 2002, since 2004, Positive Vibe Café has trained over 1500 students, all with scholarships.

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Proper Pie Co., Perly’s, and Station 2 on Man v. Food this Tuesday

If you like watching a man eat food and learning more about some local spots we’ve got the show for you.

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This Tuesday, January 11th at 9 PM on the Cooking Channel tune into Man vs. Food and you’ll see some local favorites. The episode will highlight the food and back of the house of Proper Pie Co., Perly’s, and the Ladder Burger Challenge at Station 2.

Man v. Food was originally on the Travel Channel with Adam Richman and previously visited Black Sheep (RIP) for the battleship sub and Caliente (renamed Sheppard Street Tavern) for the Stupid Hot Wings. In each episode, the new host Casey Webb explores the “big food” offerings of a different American city before facing off against a pre-existing eating challenge at a local restaurant.

The description for this episode.

Casey Webb makes his way to Richmond for a lesson on New Zealand-style savory pies, an elevated Jewish deli experience and a towering Ladder Burger Challenge.

The Station Ladder challenge consists of

in particular order… bun . burger . potato chips . mozzarella . bun . burger . pepper jack . onion straws . bun . burger . bacon . cheddar . garlic aioli . bun

served with over 2lbs of our signature potato chips, sweet potato tots, & station 2 fries
if you decide to “climb the ladder”, & complete the challenge in 15 minutes or less, you win a station 2 t-shirt and a complimentary dessert

Image Credit: Station 2 website

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Eggmania brings authentic Indian street food to the West End

This new concept in Henrico, the first of its kind to open in Virginia, is located at 2610 Tuckernuck Drive, beside Royal Bazaar Farmers Market.

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Eggmania, a restaurant specializing in egg-based delicacies and authentic Indian street foods, announced that its fifth overall location has opened, its first in Richmond. This new concept in Henrico, the first of its kind to open in Virginia, is located at 2610 Tuckernuck Drive, beside Royal Bazaar Farmers Market.

Eggmania is a fast-growing restaurant brand specializing in Indian street foods, most of which are egg-based. Keeping the health and nutrition benefits of eggs in mind, Eggmania is known for its consistent quality and unique dishes. Customers can find different dishes with eggs boiled, shredded, fried, or folded into omelets to accommodate all forms and flavors of Indian cuisine with various gravy options.

Eggmania also serves Bombay-style grilled sandwiches with the choice of eggs, paneer, and chicken along with authentic Indian-flavored Kababs and chicken delicacies. Eggmania has plenty of vegetarian options as well. Popular menu items include Volcano Biryani, Anda Lahori, Angoori Fry, Jetty Roll, Paneer Lava Fry, Cold Coco, the Samosa Grill sandwich, and many more.

The concept for Eggmania was established by five young, passionate friends, who all originated from the state of Gujarat, India, and met during their college careers in the United States. Having bonded through their shared craving for egg meals that were easily available on Indian streets but limited in the States, the friends were inspired enough by the idea and the food to open their own restaurant.

“It’s tough leaving your home and the things you’re familiar with – the liveliness of street food culture and the uniqueness of our egg-based meals in India bring people together, and we all missed that,” explains Darshan Patel and Kunjan Patel, two of the five partners. “We wanted Eggmania to be the place where people could go to not only get good, unique food but to also find the little bit of community and culture that we left behind.”

While the idea of starting a restaurant came out of a casual discussion in 2012, it was the thought of having the foods they missed every day and the ability to serve a community facing similar food issues that encouraged them to bring their concept to life. Within months, the friends opened the first Eggmania in Jersey City, New Jersey in the heart of a thriving Indian community. Soon after, they added a second location in Iselin, New Jersey, and this year they began franchising in Illinois and Massachusetts. The Eggmania team identified Richmond as an ideal area for this unique type of restaurant and looks forward to satisfying local customer cravings with an expansive menu of egg-citing dishes.

The new 1,900 sq. ft. location has indoor seating available along with takeout and delivery options.

The Richmond location is open Sunday through Thursday, 12-10 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 11 am-11 pm. For more information, visit https://www.eggmania.com.

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