Weekly Food News: Kregger’s heads to the Fan, brunch at Laura Lee’s, return of the Cake Bar, and more

Weekly Food News: Kregger’s heads to the Fan, brunch at Laura Lee’s, return of the Cake Bar, and more

We’ve got a look at the forthcoming Kregger’s Tap and Table in the Fan, a story on the rise and fall of Chef Mike Isabella, the return of the Cake Bar, and the continued decline of Applebee’s this week.

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Cake Bar set to reopen at Willow Lawn after brief closure – The Cake Bar Café, a concept at Willow Lawn from owner Michelle Jasper, suddenly closed last week after opening in June. At the time, the closure was “indefinite.” Well, now the Times-Dispatch is reporting that the café will reopen again on September 18th. The storefront will remain while Jasper explores wholesale options including selling her goods to local restaurants and markets. More here.

Kregger’s Tap and Table opens soon in the Fan – If you like the vibe of Ashland restaurant Kregger’s at Hand, you’ll be happy to know a second location for the restaurant, Kregger’s Tap and Table, will soon open in the Fan on W. Cary Street. Richmond Magazine has a look at the food and cocktail menus, and an endearing story of how the whole operation started, when a husband and wife duo were tired of moving all over the country for work and decided to settle down and start their own restaurant. Read it here.

Laura Lee’s begins brunch service this weekend – If you’re looking for something to do over the upcoming wet, windy weekend, check out Laura Lee’s for brunch. The South Richmond restaurant, owned by Kendra Feather, will begin Saturday and Sunday brunch service, serving up Fried Chicken and Biscuits, Huevos Rancheros, Country Fried Pork, Fried Oatmeal, Steak ‘n’ Eggs, and a selection of brunch cocktails. Check out the full (and delicious looking) menu here.

The rise and fall of Chef Mike Isabella – We’ve been following the rise and fall of former Top Chef star Mike Isabella, and his D.C. and Richmond locations of Graffiato. The Washington Post, by way of the RTD, sat down with him for a candid conversation on the fall of his restaurants after widely-circulated claims of sexual misconduct, his bankruptcy, and some of his regrets about it all. Find it here.

Ipanema celebrates two decades in business –  Speaking of Kendra Feather, another restaurant of hers, Ipanama, will celebrate two decades in business this Saturday. There will be a vegan cookout, a DJ, and more at the basement vegetarian eatery on W. Grace Street on the VCU campus. Get the deets.

Two more area Applebees close their doors – If you’re a fan of going out and ordering frozen food from a restaurant, I’ve got bad news for you. Two more area Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill locations have closed their doors. There’s no more Eating Good In The Neighborhood(s) of the West End or Virginia Center Commons, as the two locations shut down last weekend. The chain continues to slide and more closures are planned nationwide. More here.

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