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Matchbox Pizza Bistro opens tonight at Short Pump Town Center

Expect artisan wood-fired pizza, burgers, sandwiches, signature wines, and more.

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Washington, D.C.–based Matchbox Pizza Bistro will make a foray into the Richmond market tonight with the opening of a 7,000-square-foot restaurant at Short Pump Town Center. Matchbox, which features artisan wood-fired pizza, burgers, sandwiches, signature wines, and more, occupies the space where the Short Pump Chili’s once stood.

Stephanie Breijo with Richmond Magazine has all the details and some cool interior shots.

Check it out here.

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It’s Over at The Westover for Now

They stated that they’ll be considering other potential concepts for this space in the new year.

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The coffeeshop/restaurant The Westover (formerly Taza/Zata) is taking some time off to reconsider their options. Located at 5047 Forrest Hill Avenue for the past few years has been run by Tuffy Stone of Q Barbecue fame.

They made the announcement on Instagram today.

Dear patrons, neighbors, and loyal returning customers,

Beginning Wednesday December 8th, The Westover is stopping operations and taking a pause while we consider other potential concepts for this space in the new year. We apologize to all of our customers for any inconvenience that this may cause as well as the short notice.

Stay tuned, and thank you to all of the wonderful customers that have supported us.

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Island Shrimp Co. opening in former Conch Republic space at Rocketts Landing next March

A second location of the HOUSEpitality Family concept is set to open this spring.

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Local restaurant group HOUSEpitality Family announced that it will open its second Island Shrimp Co. location at Rocketts Landing in March 2022.

The restaurant will be located next to The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing in the space that was formerly occupied by Conch Republic. The first Island Shrimp Co., also known as ISCo, location opened in 2019 at Chesterfield Towne Center. The new location will offer the flavors of the tropics for a city-inspired port-to-plate experience in an artistic seaside environment.

“We’re looking forward to adding another HOUSEpitality Family concept at Rocketts Landing, an area that has been special to us since we opened The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing in 2009,” said Kevin Healy, owner of HOUSEpitality Family restaurant group. “At the time, The Boathouse was the first restaurant to utilize the riverfront location along the James and our whole team is excited that the second location of Island Shrimp Co. will be right on the water.”

Menu items will include favorites like garlic shrimp, lumpia and lobster and shrimp fried rice and the drink menu will feature beach-inspired cocktails like the hurricane, painkiller, mojito and the ISCO-original Blue Typhoon.

Island Shrimp Co. at Rocketts Landing will offer an ambiance that marries city and seaside. Like the original Island Shrimp Co., HOUSEpitality Family considered the full dining experience and will incorporate several Instagram-ready photo opportunities when developing the space.

Island Shrimp Co. is currently hiring for a number of positions, including lead cooks, line cooks, servers, bartenders, hosts, dishwashers and support staff. Those interested in applying for a position at the new Island Shrimp Co. can visit www.growwiththefam.com.

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Go Bird Drive-thru Now Open

If you want tenders and fries and not much else this is the spot.

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The Drive-thru line was pretty long when I drove by at 12:30.

Go Bird has one other location in Portsmouth. The Richmond one is located at 6801 Forest Hill Ave in the old Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s a straight-up to-go place offering chicken tenders and fries. It mixes things up a little with a few sauces (Homemade Ranch, Bird Sauce, Frank’s Hot Sauce) but as you can see the menu is refreshingly simple. Yes, that is the full menu you see below.

 

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