Weekly Food News: Bar Solita opens, share a meal with a stranger, fair fare, and fall ice cream flavors

Weekly Food News: Bar Solita opens, share a meal with a stranger, fair fare, and fall ice cream flavors

This week we dive into the traditional and bizarre favorites at this year’s State Fair, we have a preview of Bar Solita opening this weekend, we indulge in fall ice cream flavors from Charm School, and more.

All the news that’s fit to eat

Forthcoming Canal Walk restaurant will focus on coffees, wines – A new restaurant on Richmond’s Canal Walk will bring something new downtown while paying homage to the area’s past. Bateau, a new restaurant paying homage to Virginia’s history, is currently under construction at 301 Virginia Street, it was announced last week. The 50-seat restaurant will be located on the canal level of the Vistas On The James condo tower and will focus on unique coffee and wine “experiences,” as well as small plates. More here.

Bar Solita opens in former Graffiato space this Friday – The latest restaurant from RVA Hospitality Group–the folks behind Max’s On Broad, Tarrant’s and Tarrant’s West, and Little Saint–opens their latest venture this Friday in the former Graffiato space at 123 W. Broad Street. Bar Solita, as it will be known, will feature wood-fired pizzas, craft cocktails, pastas, and more. Here’s what you need to know.

OpenSeat program allows you to share a meal with a stranger – If you have an extra seat at the dinner table next time you go out, and you’re feeling a bit adventurous, why not invite a stranger to dine with you? That’s the idea behind Virginia Tourism’s new partnership with OpenTable, which is working with a handful of area restaurants to match those making a reservation who are open to meeting someone new with others who are seeking the same. The idea is to meet new people and celebrate common bonds, and I think it’s pretty neat. Here’s how it works

Ironclad Coffee Roasters leaving Scott’s Addition for new Henrico roasting space – A Scott’s Addition coffee company–Ironclad Coffee Roasters–is leaving its Scott’s Addition roastery to double its available space in a new facility in the West End, Richmond BizSense reports. The business, which opened in Scott’s Addition in 2016, recently opened a café in Shockoe Bottom, making its roastery location less important, owner Ryan O’Rourke says of the move. Read on here.

Richmond Magazine explores the weird and wonderful of the State Fair of Virginia – From your classics like funnel cakes and candied apples to weird and downright bizarre creations like “butt fries” (it looks tastier than it sounds) and arepas straight from Peru, Richmond Magazine’s Eileen Mellon had the painstaking task of tasting all of the delicious “fair fare” available this year. Check it out here.

A generous scoop of fall at Charm School – As summer rolls into fall, you’re probably not thinking as much about ice cream, but the folks at Charm School downtown sure are. In fact, they’ve released a bevy of new fall varieties that embrace “warmer, heavier flavors,” as Style Weekly’s Laura Ingles opines. You’ll find pumpkin pie with graham crackers, orange cardamom, hazelnut, and more. Get the scoop.

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