Weekly Food News: Tazza launching gourmet drive-thru, Ukrop’s breakfast pizza returns, Perch takes flight, and more

Weekly Food News: Tazza launching gourmet drive-thru, Ukrop’s breakfast pizza returns, Perch takes flight, and more

This week, a look at Perch, which opens this weekend, Ukrop’s famous breakfast pizza makes a return (but there’s a catch), a tiny bit of news on The Tobacco Company’s reopening, and a drive-thru concept for Tazza Kitchen.

Mike Ledesma’s Perch set to take flight this weekend – Chef Mike Ledesma’s new concept in Scott’s Addition, Perch, finally opens this Saturday. The restaurant will feature a blFilipinollipino and Hawaiian influences across its menu and offer a solid cocktail program in the beautifully-built space that is a complete 180º from the building’s days as Joy Garden. I’m headed to the soft opening tonight and will report back. Here’s a sneak peek inside in the meantime.

Tazza Kitchen opening Brew-Thru style gourmet to go concept – Tazza Kitchen, which opened a location in Scott’s Addition last December, is doubling down in the neighborhood with a new drive-thru concept on Altamont Avenue. Think of it as Brew Thru, but with gourmet prepared foods to take home or with which to entertain a crowd. I’ve got the scoop and some info on when it might open here.

Café Caturra now a full service restaurant – Speaking of Tazza, which was somewhat of an offshoot of Café Caturra that I don’t have the space to explain in this space, Caturra is changing concepts again. The last remaining (and original) restaurant by that name is now a full-service, sit-down restaurant called Caturra on Grove, and Karri Peifer has all the details and a look at the new menu.

Sweet Jesus, Ukrop’s breakfast pizza is back – I’ll be honest–the thing I miss most about Ukrop’s itself were their prepared foods, most of which have lived on to this day thanks to Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods and their partnerships with other area grocers. That’s all fine and great, but there was one big, pizza-shaped hole in my heart when you could no longer get their breakfast pizza. Seriously–it was one of my favorite Richmond staples. Well, it’s back as of this week! Only, you can’t get it piping hot in any local grocery store. But I tracked down some info on how you can get your hands on that sweet bacon, sausage, and egg goodness, right here.

Cobras replacing Sheep in Carver – If you’ve been wondering if or when something new might take over the popular former Black Sheep space in Carver, wonder no more. Eileen Mellon with Richmond Magazine has the scoop on Cobra Cabana, a forthcoming bar from, among other folks, metal band Iron Reagan bassist Rob Skotis, who wanted to create a space that was “sketchy, but in a cool way.” Read on to learn about the owners’ DIY concept and what you can expect when Cobra opens at the end of September over here.

The latest non-update on The Tobacco Company’s reopening – Karri Peifer with the RTD has been dutifully tracking the progress (or lack thereof?) in The Tobacco Company’s reopening since it suffered a major fire last July. You can read her latest entry, which doesn’t offer up much new information besides a vague projected reopening ballpark, try as she may, over here.

Henrico Restaurant Week participants announced – Fifteen participating restaurants were announced this week for Henrico Restaurant Week, taking place September 22nd through the 30th. The benefit, now in its fourth iteration, allows diners to take advantage of $20, $25, and $30 dinners at participating restaurants to benefit the Henrico County Police Athletic League. Get the scoop and find something good to eat here.

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