Weekly Food News: Sabai’s new Temple, a new Fan ice cream spot, Anthony Bourdain’s impact on Richmond, Whole Foods delivery, and more

Weekly Food News: Sabai’s new Temple, a new Fan ice cream spot, Anthony Bourdain’s impact on Richmond, Whole Foods delivery, and more

Temple is now open from the owners of Sabai, a new ice cream spot from the owner of Whisk is on the horizon, Amazon begins free two hour delivery from Whole Foods Market, a look at how Anthony Bourdain impacted Richmond chefs, and more this week.

All the news that’s fit to eat

Temple brings Asian comfort food to the Fan – Sabai co-owners Brandon Pearson and Joe Kiatsuranon have cooked up a new concept adjacent to their original restaurant on W. Broad Street. Yesterday, Temple opened, a small hole-in-the-wall serving Asian-style comfort food in the traditions of a Lao noodle shop. Here’s what you can expect at the new restaurant, which is open for lunch and dinner service.

Whisk bakery owner’s ice cream shop to open next week – Shockoe Bottom bakery owner Morgan Botwinick is setting her sights on something new–ice cream. The founder of Whisk plans to open an ice cream shop, Scoop, in the former Video Fan video rental storefront at 403 N. Strawberry Street next week, according to Style Weekly. The shop promises to be bright and fun and will feature nine signature flavors that run the gamut at opening. Here’s a preview.

Celebrity chef Mike Isabella’s Graffiato now closed – The restaurant is dark and the chairs are stacked upon tables at Graffiato in the Downtown Arts District, as embattled celebrity chef Mike Isabella hangs up his hat in Richmond. The DC-based chef who once competed on “Top Chef” and recently settled allegations of “extraordinary” sexual harassment with an associate said HVAC problems led to the closure, which he said would be temporary. Staff, however, say they were told the closure is permanent. Karri Peifer at the RTD attempts to get to the bottom of what’s going on right here.

Anthony Bourdain’s death and the impact on Richmond’s food scene – The suicide of popular chef and traveling foodie Anthony Bourdain last week left many in the food community (and beyond) devastated and underscored the growing mental health problems our country is facing. That sentiment extended to Richmond, where area chefs talked about his impact on their lives and their craft, and where we go from here. Read on.

Amazon now offering free two hour delivery from Whole Foods to Prime members – The price of Amazon’s Prime service may have just gone up, but a new benefit may make it all worth it. Starting this week, Richmonders can get all of their favorites delivered to their door in two hours for free, for orders totaling $35 or more. It’s the Amazon-owned grocer’s latest attempt to remain competitive, after slashing prices and changing other aspects of its business operations, and it’s just one more reason you may never have to leave the house again. Here’s how it works.

Corner Bakery now open in Innsbrook – A new fast-casual chain out of Dallas, Texas has made a foray into the Richmond market. Corner Bakery Café is now open on W. Broad Street in the Innsbrook Corporate Center and features made-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner items from pastas to sandwiches and beyond. Catering the coprorate vibe out there, the chain also features a large conference room that’s available to book for free, as long as you purchase some food, of course (don’t be a jerk). Here’s more.

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