Weekly Food News: Four new eateries for Manchester, 2018 Elbys winners, Mike Ledesma heads to Short Pump, and more

Weekly Food News: Four new eateries for Manchester, 2018 Elbys winners, Mike Ledesma heads to Short Pump, and more

Four, yes four, new spots are on the horizon for Manchester, we have the 2018 Elbys winners, Lester Johnson dishes on Mama J’s, and more this week.

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A total of four new eateries are on their way to Manchester – There’s not one, not two or three, but four new eateries on their way to the burgeoning Manchester neighborhood. As the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports, a café, donut shop, brewery, and rooftop brewpub are all on the way–and they’re all from a familiar name, Church Hill couple Michael and Laura Hild, that’s been snapping up real estate as of late in the area. More here.

The envelope, please: The 2018 Elbys winners are in – More than 850 folks showed up to the 2018 Elby awards–Richmond Magazine’s annual nod to the area’s best restaurants and restauranteurs–at Main Street Station. Restaurateur of the Year went to Michelle Williams and Jared Golden of Richmond Restaurant Group and the prestigious Restaurant of the Year was awarded to Dutch & Co. in Church Hill. Read up on all the winners and start making your list of must-dine restaurants right here.

Lester Johnson on Mama J’s success and what makes a great restaurant – As a lead-in to Richmond Black Restaurant Week, March 4th through 11th, Richmond Magazine has a great profile on Lester Johnson, son of Mama J’s own Velma Johnson, about his company’s success, what makes a great restaurant, and why he believes serving the people around you is the first step in creating the best restaurant experience. Check it out here.

Mike Ledesma teaming up with Blue Bee Cider, Vasen Brewing for event at Matchbox – Chef Mike Ledesma, owner of forthcoming Scott’s Addition restaurant Perch, is teaming up with Blue Bee Cider and Vasen Brewing–both adjacent to the restaurant–a bit farther west. Next Wednesday, February 28th, Ledesma will create some signature pizzas and burgers at Matchbox Restaurant in Short Pump, and it’s all to benefit Linwood Holton Elementary School. Get the details here.

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