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More pizza coming into the Fan and other Richmond spots

The pizzeria Pupatella is opening in the former Rancho T.

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Karri Pieffer of the RTD has the dish on this most definitely not deep dish pizza story.

Pupatella, an award-winning Neapolitan-style pizza restaurant out of Arlington County, is opening its second location in the country in the Fan District, the restaurant announced Friday.

The eatery launched as a food truck in Northern Virginia in 2007 and opened its first brick-and-mortar location in 2010. Now, Pupatella is in franchising mode, and Richmonder Zeeshan Kaba plans to open four restaurants in the Richmond area, the first of which will open this summer at 1 N. Morris St. (in the former Rancho T location).

You can check out Pupatella’s menu right here.

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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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Pedal the James with Paddle Club RVA

There’s a motor so if you pedalers get pooped you can still get home.

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Paddle Club RVA (seasuitecruises.com/paddle-club/richmond-va), the first and only pedal-powered, pontoon paddle boat in Richmond, Va. makes its on-the-water debut Memorial Weekend!

Paddle Club RVA, from Sea Suite Cruises, is the perfect way for friends, families, and colleagues to sip, cycle, and celebrate out on the James River – think of it as a mini-getaway on your own private floating bar. Guests start their 90-minute journey from the dock at Rocketts Landing (right beneath The Boathouse restaurant) and cruise toward the city, then back south past the marina into a quieter, flatwater stretch of river. Along the way, passengers enjoy the ambiance of nature, and stunning views of the river coastline and Richmond skyline. The Washingtonian (cheekily) dubbed the Washington, D.C. “sister” paddle boat version from Sea Suite as “bikes meet booze cruise.”

The maiden voyage of Paddle Club RVA is May 27, with bookings available throughout the summer. Visit Paddle Boat RVA’s Instagram for a cruise preview: instagram.com/paddleclubrva

The 20-passenger, 30-foot, trolley pub-inspired boat features ten cycle stations and is propelled by a 6-foot paddle wheel powered by passengers cycling in tandem. The boat has a lounge area so some passengers can lounge while their friends power the journey. Loungers and pedalers can switch places at any time! The boat also has a captain, a deckhand, and a motor that can take over if you’d rather do more sipping than cycling. All cruises are “bring your own food” and BYOB (beer, wine, champagne, seltzer, or canned cocktails – the only restriction is no hard liquor).

Sustainability is core to Paddle Club RVA’s mission. In addition to the eco-friendly pedal power, a solar panel atop the canopy powers the boat’s electrical system. At booking check-out, guests also have the option to make a round-up donation to the non-profit James River Association that goes toward keeping the river clean.

Paddle Club RVA co-founders and lifelong friends Jack Maher and Jack Walten were both born and raised in Arlington, Va. The business-side of their journey began in 2018 when the 20-something Jack and Jack launched Potomac Paddle Club, the first pontoon “cycleboat” in Washington, D.C. In 2021, they built on their success with the launch of Sea Suite Cruises, which now operates both paddle boat AND tiki boat cruises in Georgetown, National Harbor, Alexandria, Va., and now Richmond, Va., the latter backed by a group of investors with Richmond ties.

PADDLE CLUB RVA DETAILS

PICKUP + DROPOFF LOCATION:
On the dock at Rocketts Landing right beneath The Boathouse restaurant and Island Shrimp Company.

CRUISE DETAILS:
Group Size: 8 – 20 people
Duration: 90 minutes
Bathroom: The vessel comes equipped with a private bathroom on board.
Misc: Also comes equipped with Bluetooth-speakers, party lighting for night cruises, and built-in coolers + ice

PRICING*:
Monday-Thursday: $45/Person
Friday-Sunday: $55/Person
*Pricing may change for holiday weekends and special events.

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The Dairy Bar in Scott’s Addition closes after 76 years; Tang & Biscuit to take over with new concept

After over 76 years in business, The Dairy Bar has closed its doors in Scott’s Addition, but new life is planned for the space.

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Photo: The Dairy Bar

After over 76 years in business, The Dairy Bar has closed its doors in Scott’s Addition, but new life is planned for the space. The restaurant, which opened in 1946 as The Curles Neck Place (when owned by Curles Neck Dairy) and was renamed The Dairy Bar in the 1980s, was a mainstay in the constantly-changing neighborhood. It ultimately succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation, according to a post by owner Corey Martin, who purchased the business from longtime owners Bill and Tricia Webb in 2020:

To our valued patrons:

It is with heavy heart that the Dairy Bar has shut down. It has been somewhat of a Richmond Landmark since 1946. COVID placed a heavy hit on the Dairy Bar and once reopening was allowed the decline in sales along with increase in wages as well as food costs proved to be all but impossible to show a profit for a business with such tight margins. Once we were made aware that the former Landlord had sold the property we were pleased to find that the new buyers were literally business people from Scotts Addition neighborhood [sic]. They worked with us to allow an amicable and smooth transition. We so appreciate having the opportunity of meeting so many wonderful and colorful people both the patrons as well as our dedicated employees

The new owner Martin was speaking of is Stanley Shield Partnership, which bought the building and adjacent properties totaling 1.5 acres earlier this year for $7 million, according to Richmond BizSense. While there are currently no known plans to redevelop the property, the firm has developed nearby mixed-use projects including The Scout on Myers Street.

Neighboring shuffleboard bar Tang & Biscuit, which opened in 2018, announced today it will be taking over the space and plans to create a breakfast and lunch spot with a “funky diner feel” called Biscuits & Gravy.

No word yet on when renovations will take place or when the space will open.

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Drink Beer and Help Friends of James River Parks

Raging James Pilsner is the latest release from Legend Brewing and a portion of each sale will got to Friends of James River Park.

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Friends of James River Park announced their latest partnership today and it’s tasty.

Legend Brewing Company is the oldest operating craft brewery in Virginia. As their Vice President of Operations, Dave Gott, told us, “It’s important that you be a part of the community – not just IN the community.” Legend has hosted our board meetings and annual get-togethers. On any given weekend (and often any given day) their parking lot is full of cars carrying kayaks and bicycles, and their patio is crowded with people who have spent the day enjoying the James River Park System.

Given their proximity to the James River and our Park, we were elated when they floated the idea of creating a special beer for our organization. Raging James Pilsner is their newest release, and a portion of the sale of each can will help us continue our efforts. Legend has supported Richmond for almost 30 years, and as we approach 50 years of commitment to the Park, we’re honored to partner with them on this.

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