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Celebrate 20 Years of Ipanema

“Kendra Feather opened Ipanama Cafe as Richmond’s only full-service basement vegetarian restaurant and bar on a different Grace Street in September 1998 – across from the XXX theater, between the strip club and the punk club, and downstairs from the tattoo parlor.”

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Thank you for all these great years! Come party with us!

Come out and celebrate Ipanema’s 20th anniversary on Saturday, September 15. Chef Will Wienckowski will have a vegan/vegetarian COOKOUT MENU from 5:30 – 11PM. We’ll tap a special Ipanema keg of ARDENT SAISON at 6PM. DJ BAD DAUGHTER and DJ SAD BOI making noise
starting around 10PM.

Kendra Feather opened Ipanama Cafe as Richmond’s only full-service basement vegetarian restaurant and bar on a different Grace Street in September 1998 – across from the XXX theater, between the strip club and the punk club, and downstairs from the tattoo parlor. Two decades later VCU is all grown up, there is a Walmart across the street and a Chipotle down the way, but the little veggie bar abides.

“When I was 27,” she says, “I didn’t know that I’d open a restaurant when I was 28.” She really had no idea what she’d get into after that – in addition to Ipanema, Kendra owns 3 other restaurants. She opened Garnett’s Cafe in 2009, followed by The Roosevelt (with Lee Gregory) in 2011, and Laura Lee’s in September 2016. Feather was also a founding partner in WPA Bakery in November 2012.

“I’ve had maybe 200 employees,” says Kendra. “So many creative, fun people have passed through here. I’ve been lucky… I’ve got to say, I can’t imagine Ipanema now without Greg Darden, he’s been here for 17 years.”

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Richmond selected to host 2021 Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference

“Richmond is a fantastic location for the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference,” said Allan Wright, President of Zephyr United. “It has an outstanding beer scene and is actively engaged in promoting the region as a beer tourism destination. We are excited to be heading to Richmond in 2021.”

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Zephyr United recently announced that the Richmond region has been selected to host the 2021 Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC). The conference will take place February 23-25, 2021 at the Omni Richmond Hotel in Richmond’s Shockoe Slip Historic District.

“Richmond is a fantastic location for the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference,” said Allan Wright, President of Zephyr United. “It has an outstanding beer scene and is actively engaged in promoting the region as a beer tourism destination. We are excited to be heading to Richmond in 2021.”

The Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference (BMTC) provides information and education regarding the growing functions and importance of beer marketing, tourism, event planning, and branding. The BMTC is regularly attended by breweries, brewery guilds, destination management organizations, tour operators, marketing agencies and media from around the country. The schedule of events for 2021 will include summits, presentations, and lectures from leading beer industry figures, including a keynote talk from Stone Brewing Co-Founder Greg Koch.

Craft beer tourism is a growing trend in Virginia, with the state calling more than 200 breweries home. Virginia is also one of six states where craft beer has grown the most, up 36% according to C+R Research. The Richmond region is home to nearly forty breweries and in 2018 was named “The World’s Top Beer Destination” by VinePair. Richmond Region Tourism encourages visitors to use the Richmond Beer Trail as their guide when exploring the craft beer scene in the area. After getting their map stamped at five breweries, Richmond Beer Trail followers are given limited-edition Richmond Beer Trail gear.

“We are thrilled to host the Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference 2021,” said Jack Berry, President and CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “We look forward to saying ‘Cheers’ to BMTC guests in March of 2021 when we’ll feature our fantastic craft beer scene and show them why Richmond was included in the New York Times52 Places to Go in 2020.’”

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La Milpa Food Truck Stolen

If you see the food truck pictured please contact the police

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Over the weekend one of the best Mexican restaurants in Richmond, La Milpa, had their food truck stolen. If you’ve seen the food truck notify the police as quickly as possible. The world needs every taco truck don’t let the bad guy deny us tacos.

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Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store

Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.

The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.

Construction should begin late in the spring.

The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.

The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.

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