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Weekly Food News: Spoonbread opens, Blue Goat returns to Chinese roots, new sweets spot for Carver and more

Chef Michael Hall’s new bistro makes its debut in The Fan, a Fan bakery shuts down, The Blue Goat returns to its roots, and a new sweets shop is planned for Carver.

Trevor Dickerson



Spoonbread Bistro brings new life to old Fan spot

Chef Michael Hall’s Spoonbread Bistro opened its doors in the former Jorge’s Cantina spot this past Tuesday. The menu features southern comfort favorites like crabcakes, scallops, and of course spoonbread. 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.

Check out our photo tour here.

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Nutty Buttery set to sweeten up Carver

A former Bon Secours employee has her sights set on a sweet new venture in the Carver neighborhood. Charleen Baylor plans to open the Nutty Buttery in October in a 1,500-square-foot space.

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The name for Baylor’s first business is a play on words: Nutty, a visual of old-fashioned nut-filled candy and goods that Baylor plans to sell in her store; and Buttery – the medieval era term for great storage room.

“I feel like it’s catchy and memorable,” Baylor said of the name. “I’m going to offer all kinds of goods at the store, so incorporating the buttery term into the name made sense.”

Get the full scoop here.

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The Blue Goat to return to Chinese roots

The Blue Goat, EAT Restaurant Partners’ concept in the Libbie and Grove Area, will undergo some major changes come 2017. The restaurant is shutting down to become an Asian concept featuring fresh, modern fare, the company announced in a news release this week. The building was the home of The Peking On Grove from 1977 until 2009 when The Blue Goat opened.

From the release:

This Asian concept will be a fresh, modern and upbeat version of its original antecedent, The Peking On Grove. Westhampton and its surrounding neighborhoods will once have access to authentic and delicious Chinese food while still enjoying the high energy and chic bar scene that we have all come to love about the Blue Goat. You can also still expect the same stellar service and attention to detail that you have come to rely on during your visits to The Blue Goat.

The news release goes on to say that Chef Paul Kostandin will remain on until The Blue Goat’s final days and then has “big plans” for the future–plans that have yet to be announced.

Read the full announcement here.

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Lucille’s Bakery serves its last pastry

After a decade in business (five at its last location), Lucille’s Bakery in The Fan is no more. The N. Meadow Street staple became a storefront after owner Gerry Fortin developed a following at local farmers markets. “We have closed the Bakery for good, it’s time to move on to other things,” Fortin posted, in part, on Facebook. “I want to thank everyone for their support for these past 10 years.”

Stephanie Breijo with Richmond Magazine has all the details here.

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