Weekly Food News: Two new pizza joints, a “Hot Chick” in Shockoe Bottom, a long-time Fan eatery hits the market, and more

Weekly Food News: Two new pizza joints, a “Hot Chick” in Shockoe Bottom, a long-time Fan eatery hits the market, and more

This week, lots of pizza news, a new oyster concept for Willow Lawn, a name for a forthcoming Shockoe Bottom fried chicken restaurant, and much more.

All the news that’s fit to eat

Pizza as big as your face headed to the Fan – If you went to Virginia Tech or visited friends up there frequently in college as I often did, you’re no doubt familiar with Benny Marzano’s, a (mainly) late-night pizza joint that serves up huge slices of pizza (known as the Virginia Slice). Well, the restaurant, now a growing chain with ~20 locations, is taking up residence in the former Continental Divide space at W. Main Street and S. Davis Avenue. Here’s what you need to know.

Midlothian restaurateur bringing pizza back to former Stuzzi space – Speaking of pizza, down the street, a Midlothian restaurateur is bringing pizza and craft beer to the space that formerly housed Stuzzi at 1 N. Belmont Avenue. The same family that operates Sergio’s Pizza & Craft Beer in Midlothian will open Fire & Hops in the space. Get a slice of the news here.

Long-time Fan eatery up for sale–to the right owner – After 28 years in the business, Strawberry Street Café owner Ron Joseph is putting the neighborhood restaurant up for sale. The building, the bathtub salad bar, the recipes, trademarks–the whole shebang. The asking price? $1.375 million, per the Times-Dispatch. But Joseph is in no hurry to sell and would rather wait for the right buyer–one who will retain the restaurant’s brand, character, and employees. More here.

Oyster joint taking over former Family Meal space – A new oyster-centric venture is coming into the former Brian Voltaggio-owned Family Meal space at Willow Lawn, Karri Peifer also reports. Matthew Tlusty, who owned Limani Fish Grill in Carytown until 2006–and who bounced around in other kitchens around town between then and now–will open Salt Box Oyster Co. next month. His travels to California inspired him to bring what he says Richmond is missing when it comes to an oyster bar–despite popular layers like Rappahannock and Rapp Session. Find out what that vision entails here.

Name, concept announced for Chris Tsui’s new Shockoe Bottom restaurant – Finally, Karri Peifer (take a breather, you’ve broken a lot of news this week, Karri!) has the skinny on (EAT Restaurant Partners owner) Chris Tsui’s forthcoming Shockoe Bottom restaurant that will take over the former River City Diner space on 17th Street. Hot Chick, as it will be known, will be Tsui’s ninth area restaurant and serve up fried chicken and other eats. Peifer has all of the details, along with the less-than-rosy issues the surrounding neighborhood has been dealing with like nightclub shootings and the ongoing mess that is the 17th Street Farmers Market renovations. Get caught up here.

A roundup of the area’s best specialty coffee drinks – There are coffee purists who take their cuppa joe black, and then there are the more adventurous folks who delight in a well-crafted caffeinated beverage that employs a bit more creativity and flourishes. If you’re the latter, Laura Ingles and Nathalie Oates, writing for Style Weekly, have some great picks for you, from Thai coffee and a banana bread latte (!) to turmeric and root beer infused drinks. I hadn’t heard of most of these creations! Check out the list here.

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