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Sushi restaurant Hanami in Innsbrook closing its doors June 30th, owners say

In a Facebook post, owners cited a number of reasons behind the decision to shutter, including the size of the restaurant and the owner’s health.

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Hanami Sushi in the Innsbrook Shoppes is closing its doors after three-and-a-half years in business, the restaurant’s owners announced on Facebook Tuesday. Friday, June 30th will be the last day of service.

The detailed Facebook explanation of the closure includes a multitude of reasons behind the decision, including the restaurant’s size and the health of the chef, Victor. It also hinted that the business may reopen in another location–and that Victor will likely resurface in the near future regardless.

We came to this decision for several reasons:

  1. Chef Victor has postponed, for two years, a required follow up surgery after his two month hospital stay in 2014. (For those that still remember, thank you again for all the love, support, and well wishes you had given us at that time!)
  2. Victor will be going back to Taiwan, his home country, for a short period of time since his 81-year-old mother, who lives alone without family close by, needs care. (And it has been 8 years since he has last seen her!)
  3. Different career aspirations for a couple of our family members.
  4. A desire to find a smaller, nearby location more suitable for the limited number of staff on hand.

We are very grateful for the (almost) six years of friendships we’ve built, all the unique, interesting people we’ve met, all the memories we’ve made, and all the smiling faces we’ve seen.

Please continue to follow our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information on Victor’s whereabouts after he returns from Taiwan, where to find his delicious sushi, and/or his future business locations.

Thank you for everything, our Hanami friends and family!

Read more and keep up with Hanami Sushi’s Facebook page here.

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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Buskey Cider founder forgoes salary to keep team employed during crisis

“I took a risk when I started this business. Obviously there’s lots of potential upside, but also the buck stops with me when things are tough and don’t go as planned,” said owner Will Correll.

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Will Correll, the Founder and CEO of Buskey Cider in Richmond, Virginia, is going without pay for the foreseeable future in order to cover the costs to pay for employees during the crisis. Additionally, his wife, Elle, who was also employed by Buskey as the sales and marketing director, has given up her salary to support the team.

“I took a risk when I started this business. Obviously there’s lots of potential upside, but also the buck stops with me when things are tough and don’t go as planned,” said Correll. “Our employees are hard workers and have lots to contribute, especially in a situation like this, and we really care about keeping them employed for as long as possible. Our personal salaries are modest but will buy us valuable time as we dig deep to continue moving forward and keep the dream alive. We have big plans for the company in the future and want our team to be strong for when we’re able to fully reopen.”

Buskey Cider opened in April 2016 in the popular craft alcohol neighborhood of Scott’s Addition in Richmond, Virginia. Due to COVID-19, they are doing deliveries throughout Richmond and select areas around the state of Virginia via their website, www.buskeycider.com, and will subsequently be delivering to other states once the licenses come in.

Their Scott’s Addition tasting room location is open for limited hours to pick up canned cider; Monday-Friday 3 pm-7 and Saturday & Sunday 12 pm-7.

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Restaurant employee fundraisers you can donate to right now

It’s tough out there right now for those in the service industry. With dining rooms closed and restaurants trying to stay afloat by getting creative with takeout, delivery, and other endeavors, employees without much of a safety net are hurting. Below are all of the employee fundraisers we’ve seen floating around that you can donate to right now and make a difference.

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It’s tough out there right now for those in the service industry. With dining rooms closed and restaurants trying to stay afloat by getting creative with takeout, delivery, and other endeavors, employees without much of a safety net are hurting. Below are all of the employee fundraisers we’ve seen floating around that you can donate to right now and make a difference.

Another way you can make a difference is to donate to The Holli Fund. I (Trevor) was one of a handful of folks asked to host a virtual happy hour last week (embedded at the bottom of the post). This is an application- and need-based fund that gives grants to folks in both the front and back of house at restaurants and breweries across the area. The fund has done transformational things like paid folks’ mortgages, car payments, and fulfilled other important needs. You can learn more here and donate by texting “DONATE” and your amount (i.e. DONATE $5) to 805-518-8333.

Also check out our ongoing list of restaurants offering delivery and takeout, the coronavirus support list, and all of our COVID-19 coverage here. While we’re at it, we could use your support right now, too. RVAHub is a labor of love for both Richard Hayes and I, and we’re doing our best to keep the public up to date on important news and updates. With our ad network suspended, we’re running the site at a loss currently. It would mean the world to us if you were able to spare a couple o’ bucks and chip in to our cause. We’d love you for it.




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Henrico County purchasing food for first responders from locally-owned restaurants

It’s a fine example of a public-private partnership to help local businesses get through hard times and provide meals to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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From the Henrico Citizen:

It began as an idea from a Sandston restaurant owner. In less than a week, it became a county initiative.

Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas announced March 24 that the county would begin purchasing meals for county employees from a number of Henrico restaurants, as a way to help those businesses continue in operation and potentially spur a segment of the local economy in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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