Weekly Food News: Rogue drops the Gentlemen, Southern Railway gets an arcade, Don’t Look Back heads to Forest Hill, and more

Weekly Food News: Rogue drops the Gentlemen, Southern Railway gets an arcade, Don’t Look Back heads to Forest Hill, and more

Don’t Look Back is eyeing Forest Hill as they work to reopen their Carytown taco joint, Southern Railway Taphouse will add a bar arcade concept, Fodor’s names Richmond an eclectic foodie town, and more this week.

All the news that’s fit to eat

Don’t Look Back opening Forest Hill spot, Carytown location to reopen soon – Last week we told you about the closing of the Stony Point Chipotle, but as the old saying goes, “one taco place leaves, another taco enters.” Or something like that. The folks behind fire-damaged Carytown taco joint Don’t Look Back are opening a second location on Forest Hill Avenue, it was announced late last week. Also, the Carytown location should reopen sooner than later. Our own Richard Hayes has the details.

Rogue drops the Gentlemen as water-damaged restaurant reopens – The Rogue Gentlemen in Jackson Ward is about to reopen following extensive repairs necessitated by burst water pipes last month, and with it, they’ll take on a new brand and a more concise name. The “Gentlemen” has been dropped and the cocktail bar will simply be known as Rogue. Piet Jones at Richmond Magazine has a look at the interior renovations, some previews of the menu, the new logo, and more right here.

Southern Railway Taphouse to double size with upstairs bar arcade – Southern Railway Taphouse will double the size of its already large Shockoe Bottom restaurant, jumping on the bar arcade concept bandwagon with an upstairs arcade and full bar to complement its current restaurant. Learn more from BizSense here.

An opening date in sight for First Watch Restaurant – Florida-based restaurant First Watch, known for its breakfast and lunch specialties, will open on February 19th on Huguenot Road in Midlothian, Karri Peifer reports for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Head on over to learn what to expect from the new-to-Richmond chain here.

Fodor’s names Richmond one of 19 cities with an unexpected international food scene – This may not come as a surprise to you as a Richmonder, but travel website Fodor’s has named Richmond one of 19 cities with an eclectic, unexpected international food scene, saying:

“From traditional southern cooking and decadent soul food to elegant French fare, Richmond is a culinary force to be reckoned with. One of the most standout restaurants in town, Metzger Bar & Butchery cooks up some of the city’s best German-inspired dishes, from chicken schnitzel and potato rosti to Schweinshaxe—a traditional German pork knuckle dish. At the helm of the restaurant is chef Brittanny Anderson, a Richmond local whose culinary upbringing at Blue Hill Stone Barns and Northern Spy Food Co in New York City has played a major role in the restaurant’s success. Don’t miss a chance to grab a freshly baked loaf from nearby Sub Rosa Bakery or a slice of New Zealand-style pie from Proper Pie Company.”

Read the full report here.

Food vendor applications now open for the Richmond Folk Festival – Are you a local food vendor capable of keeping upwards of 200,000 stomachs full? Well, not quite that many, but that’s how many people attend the Richmond Folk Festival on average! Applications are now open for food vendors to take part in the fall festival, and organizer Venture Richmond is looking for everything from snacks and desserts to ethnic foods and more. Check out the application here.

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