Weekly Food News: Extra Billy’s packs it up, Mike Isabella’s harassment claims, Spring Restaurant Week, and more

Weekly Food News: Extra Billy’s packs it up, Mike Isabella’s harassment claims, Spring Restaurant Week, and more

This week, we take a look at the serious allegations against chef Mike Isabella (who in Richmond owns Graffiato), a preview of Spring Restaurant Week, news of Chocolates By Kelly’s move to Short Pump, and more.

All the news that’s fit to eat

Salt and Forge now open in Jackson Ward – Salt and Forge, the newest restaurant to open in Jackson Ward, opened its doors for breakfast and lunch service yesterday, April 3rd. Serving up sandwiches, salads, and breakfast, you’ll find most fare affordably priced between $9 and $18.

Washington Post expose on Mike Isabella’s alleged harassment is damning – The Washington Post today released a pretty damning (and detailed) look into the alleged toxic culture of chef Mike Isabella’s restaurants, including his Richmond venture Graffiato downtown. The lengthy article alleges Isabella would verbally harass female employees and allow a culture of harassment to thrive by forcing employees to sign non-disclosure agreements that would prevent them from talking about any alleged abuse–or anything else for that matter. It’s a pretty shocking read, and the details are nothing short of disturbing. Read it here.

Extra Billy’s closes up shop after 47 years – After almost 50 years in business, Extra Billy’s Barbecue has shuttered their restaurant near Willow Lawn. While details are sparse, we’re told the reason may be that the aging building has a lot of issues that the landlord had not addressed. Supporting this rumor is the fact that the owners are planning to open in another location at a later date, but we can’t confirm where that might be. Here’s what we know.

Spring Restaurant Week participants announced – Spring Restaurant Week is coming up April 23rd through the 28th, and as always, some of the best restaurants in town are participating (around 30 of them). For just $29.18, you can enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe dinner out and enjoy some of the area’s best cuisine while helping Feedmore feed the hungry. The RTD’s Karri Peifer usually compiles all of the menus; they should be online at the link ahead soon. See them all here.

Chocolates By Kelly leaving downtown for Short Pump – Local chocolatier Kelly Wombold, known for her delicious treats at her downtown storefront, will almost double her space with a new location at Short Pump Town Center. At the new location, she’ll try–get this–a menu of drinking chocolates! Whatever those are, I’m intrigued. Read on here.

This week’s restaurant reviews

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