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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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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Canastas Chicken to Open on Saturday

A chance to get some chicken starting this weekend.

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Canastas Chicken in Stratford Hills (in the old Dick’s BBQ chain) is set to open this weekend. This will be the third location of Canastas.

A sample page of their menu.

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Bookbinder’s Brings you Mac & Cheese on Another Level with BIGWIFE’S Pop-Up

This isn’t your typical mom’s mac & cheese. If your mom makes mac & cheese like this we would like to be adopted.

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Old Original Bookbinder’s Seafood & Steakhouse has launched a new experimental pop-up concept focusing exclusively on macaroni and cheese. BIGWIFE’S Mac & Cheese is operating for delivery and carryout from the Bookbinder’s kitchen.

The inventive menu includes creative spins like Buffalo Mac with spicy chicken and gorgonzola cheese; Little Figgy Mac with goat cheese, ham and fig; Mac Lorraine with bacon, scallions, and gruyere; and Greek Wedding Mac with tomato, olive, artichokes, pepperoncini and feta. Any mac can be made gluten free.

Orders can be placed at https://www.bigwifesmac.com/ and via Grubhub. BIGWIFE’S is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Old Original Bookbinder’s is located at 2306 E Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23223.

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23rd & Main Kitchen and Postbellum Closing for Winter

Two more restaurants are shutting their doors. They plan to reopen later in the year.

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Over the holiday break two more restaurants announced their plans to close up until spring.

23rd & Main Kitchen and Taproom posted the following to Facebook.

Postbellum made a similar statement also on Facebook although you stated they hope to open in two months.

Postbellum will be going on a two month vacation in order to to give our staff a much needed period of rest, and to prepare for our spring service. —We hope to see you this weekend, as we are extending our happy hour from 3:30 – 8PM & offering delicious brunch/dinner specials. Otherwise, we will see you when we return on March 1st! Stay safe, RVA

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