Weekly Food News: Tobacco Company fire, peanuts, Folk Feast, coffee news, and more

Weekly Food News: Tobacco Company fire, peanuts, Folk Feast, coffee news, and more

The restaurant community rallies behind those out of work following a fire at the Tobacco Company, two new coffee shops are on the way, Folk Feast tickets are now on sale, and much more.

All the news that’s fit to eat

Brenner Pass gets a Lift – Brittanny Anderson and the other folks behind Scott’s Addition Alpine-themed restaurant Brenner Pass have only been open a couple weeks, but they’re already planning a coffee shop to adjoin the restaurant. Richmond BizSense reports the adjacent shop will be known as The Lift (keeping everything on brand, huh?) and you can read all about it here.

Restaurant community rallies to help displaced Tobacco Company workers – A three-alarm fire last weekend at The Tobacco Company restaurant has displaced more than 100 workers while the nearly 40-year-old restaurant is closed for repairs–indefinitely. Sources tell us sections of all three floors of the circa-1860 building were burnt out, so it’ll likely be a while before the doors reopen. Thankfully, almost 20 area restaurants have offered employees pick-up shifts, permanent employment, and more–and the list is growing. Learn more and find out how you can help here.

New made-to-order salad shop now open in Carytown – A new made-to-order salad shop has opened its doors in Carytown. The Good Leaf Salad Market specializes in fresh salads using locally-sourced ingredients–of which there are dozens. The fast-casual spot also features grain bowls, soups, and has their own line of infused waters available for purchase. Get your salad on here.

Tickets for 2017 Richmond Folk Feast going like hotcakes – One of the area’s most well-known culinary benefit events, the Richmond Folk Feast, is set for October 10th. The event features some of the area’s best restaurants and chefs, who serve up samples of some of their signature dishes along with beer, wine, and live music. Early bird tickets, which were released this week, were sold out in under three minutes, a reliable source tells us. But don’t fret. You can purchase tickets are the regular rate of $100 right here.

Whitley’s Peanut Factory makes a foray into the Richmond market – If you’re from the Tidewater area like my fiancé, you’re likely familiar with Whitley’s Peanut Factory. The Gloucester-based purveyor of peanut products has been around for three decades and has stores both there and in Williamsburg. They also have a national presence through a select group of retailers. The company announced plans this week to open its first retail store in Richmond, to be located in Innsbrook. Learn what you can expect here.

Café Zata expanding with second location in Manchester – Forest Hill coffee shop and eatery Café Zata has announced plans to open a second location, this one on Bainbridge Street in Manchester. This according to Richmond BizSense, who reports the shop will offer an array of sandwiches, burgers and hotdogs, and donuts using infamous donut purveyors Country Style’s recipe. Get the delicious details here.

Explore the history of the current Laura Lee’s building – The building that currently houses Laura Lee’s in Forest Hill has held host to quite a list of restaurants, as our own Richard Hayes explores with these old newspaper clippings detailing the comings and goings over the years. It’s worth a read, and you can check it out here.

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