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Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary Grand Opening

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You can’t have a celebration on Groundhog Day and not acknowledge the classic movie “Groundhog Day“. That’s exactly what the folks at Origin Beer Lab (the mad scientists of Center of the Universe) are doing to celebrate a year of making ultra-creative beers in downtown Ashland.

Instead of calling it an anniversary they’re celebrating the brand new opening of the brewery. Head up to Ashland and see what’s going on, and on, and on, and on.

Full details on Facebook:

This Groundhog Day, Origin Beer Lab asks you to shut off your alarm, step out of bed, and take yourself back to 2017. It’s Origin Beer Lab’s One Year Anniversary Grand Opening!

In celebration of the momentous occasion, Origin will be premiering the much anticipated Lab Rats Mug Club, with beer specials available all day/night long. There will be live music from 6pm-9pm featuring Felix and Jim, and four new beers to try:

  • Punxsutawney Porter
  • Ned’s New England IPA
  • Larry’s Left Coast IPA
  • Philling Just Peachy (Belgian Peach Blonde Ale)

“It has been an exciting year at Origin. The ability to use a production quality pilot system has proved to be an enormous asset to Center of the Universe. Origin has also helped open doors to collaborations with numerous retailers and institutions across the state. We love being in the heart of Ashland and participating in the continual improvement of this great town!” – Chris Ray, Co-founder, Center of the Universe Brewing/Origin Beer Lab

“It has been fun experimenting with new recipes and techniques and we are grateful for the residents of Ashland for their support.” – Phil Ray, Co-founder, Center of the Universe Brewing/Origin Beer Lab

Come find out if your beer has a shadow or if the garage doors can be flung open now, or in seven more weeks. There are a lot of fabulous reasons to kick back a couple of cold ones at Origin Beer Lab this weekend.

Friday, February 2nd 4pm-10pm

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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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Deep Run Roadhouse Closes Its VCU Restaurant

The original location at 12379 Gayton Road is still serving up barbecue so don’t fret if Deep Run Roadhouse was your go-to que.

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Shed a barbecue flavored tear as a solid BBQ joint closes its VCU outpost. Deep Run Roadhouse brought the flavors of Alamo to the Fan and the West End. Paul Hubbard was the smoke master of Alamo, sold his interest in the Church Hill legend and opened up Deep Run Roadhouse out on Glayton Road. Five years ago he expanded to 309 N. Laurel Street. Now only the West End restaurant remains but he hopes to come back into town.

Full message posted to Facebook:

Its been an amazing and successful 5 years, but our lease has come to an end. We are currently looking for a larger space to eventually move into, so we can be back downtown someday soon. Our West End store is still open 7 days a week from 11am – 9pm and it is thriving.

There are no words that could express our gratitude to all of our patrons and the VCU community. We will always honor our 10% off commitment to all patrons with a VCU ID at our West End location. We also hope to still continue being VCU’s preferred BBQ Catering Company for many years to come.

With ALL of the love, sincerity, and respect imaginable, our Deep Run Roadhouse family thanks all the awesome employees and patrons, that made the last 5 years a success. We are also very fortunate to mention, that all employees at our VCU location that wanted to stay with the company, have kept their jobs and have received a higher pay rate at our West End store and in our catering department.

We will dearly miss cooking for you all and hope that you will visit us at our West End Location someday soon.

Cheers,

The Deep Run Roadhouse Family

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Little Nickel and Crossroads “Should” Reopen Next Week

Not back to normal but a step in that direction.

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Two neighborhood favorites are set to come out of Covid-19 hibernation.

Little Nickel made this announcement on Facebook along with the slick looking deck addition you see above.

we’re almost back and this time with a bit of outdoor seating! ~ we’ll be making an announcement on monday about our opening date ~ we’ve missed everyone and can’t wait to reopen our tropical paradise safely, thank you so much for your support throughout this process ~

A little birdie told me that the announcement on Monday will be a Wednesday opening. Little birdies are known to be wrong but I trust this one.

Crossroads is not as precise. They’re planning for mid-July. Work is going on to complete a couple projects. Once those wrap up they’ll be pivoting to take out only for a bit.

Next week is mid-July so I’m hopeful that our favorite little coffee shop will be back in action.

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No Kid Hungry Virginia offers families access to free meals for kids this summer via text message

The summer months are already one of the hungriest times of year for many children. The need will be even greater this summer with more than 10% of Virginians facing unemployment because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Free meal programs for children will continue to be available across Virginia during the summer. No Kid Hungry Virginia encourages families to text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 to find free summer food sites organized by school districts and community organizations.

Meal sites are offering a variety of distribution models to help safely connect students with meals and promote social distancing, including “Grab and Go” service and food delivery along bus routes while passing out multiple days’ worth of meals at one-time.

The summer months are already one of the hungriest times of year for many children. The need will be even greater this summer with more than 10% of Virginians facing unemployment because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent estimates show that as many as 1 in 4 children could experience food insecurity in the aftermath of this crisis.

“A big challenge is making sure families know how to find resources,” said Sarah Steely, No Kid Hungry Virginia Associate Director. “Please share the texting number with family and friends and on social networks, and check with your local school division for the most detailed information. We need to make everyone is aware of free meal resources in their communities.”

The Summer Meals program is funded by the USDA and operated by school districts and local organizations. Schools have been utilizing the Summer Meals program to operate emergency meal sites throughout the pandemic. Families can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 and type in a zip code to find nearby summer meal sites, along with operating days and times. No application or registration is required at sites.

Summer hunger can have a long-term impact on a child’s health, ability to learn, and general well-being. No Kid Hungry Virginia is focused on providing funding and strategic assistance to schools and local organizations implementing summer meal programs to help them reach more kids during the pandemic.

Visit va.nokidhungry.org for more information about No Kid Hungry Virginia’s work.

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