Weekly Food News: A new entertainment and dining spot in Scott’s Addition, Health Warrior gets acquired, tacos in Jackson Ward, and more

Weekly Food News: A new entertainment and dining spot in Scott’s Addition, Health Warrior gets acquired, tacos in Jackson Ward, and more

This week, a look at the area’s first restaurant/bar/brewery/arcade concept, a new taco spot in Jackson Ward, Health Warrior’s acquisition, and the Cobra Cabana in Carver. Plus more!

All the news that’s fit to eat

All the Richmond restaurants serving up Thanksgiving dinner – Now that Halloween’s behind us, everyone says it’s time to skip straight to Christmas. That’s what half of the memes in my Facebook feed suggest, anyway. I’m all about it, but poor Thanksgiving gets no love these days! If you’re looking to skip the cooking and feed a crowd, a bunch of area restaurants are serving up delicious Thanksgiving dinners. Karri Peifer with the RTD has the roundup here. I think there are more options than ever!

At the Cobra, Cobra Cabana – The kitschy (and charming) new place taking over the former Black Sheep space in Carver from heavy metal rockers Josh Novicki, Rob Skotis, and Herbie Abernethy Valient Thorr, has been open a bit now. Style Weekly’s Nathalie Oates stopped in to check out the concept, called Cobra Cabana, which serves up burgers and sandwiches and claims to be the only restaurant in town that serves up the champagne of beers, Miller Highlife, on draft. Check it out here.

Soul Taco now open in Jackson Ward – Nearby, in the Jackson Ward neighborhood, Soul Taco opened its doors on Tuesday, reports Richmond Magazine’s Eileen Mellon. She describes the concept as a blend of “California inspiration, Latin flavors, and comforting Southern staples.” The three friends who opened the restaurant looked at setting up shop in D.C. before the deal fell through and they found themselves on 2nd Street. Take a look inside here and tell me how delicious this carnitas taco looks.

PepsiCo takes a bite out of Health Warrior – Scott’s Addition-based Health Warrior, maker of chia bars that are distributed at retailers nationwide (and one of Richmond’s fastest growing companies) has been acquired by PepsiCo, it was announced this week. The health-conscious company was purchased for an undisclosed sum, but you can bet the deal was substantial, considering the company posted almost $10 million in annual revenue – and that was back in 2016. The great news is the company will continue to be headquartered in Richmond and is taking over a larger space near its original facility on Summit Avenue. More from BizSense here.

Bingo opens up in free space in Scott’s Addition – I know, will the puns ever end? No, never. Bingo, located in a former bingo hall in Scott’s Addition, will reportedly be open by the end of the week. The first-of-its-kind (in Richmond) concept will combine an arcade, full-service restaurant, full bar, and brewery under one roof. Owners Jason Alley, Michele Jones, and Jay Bayer (of the Comfort, Pasture, and Flora fame) are opening the space with developer Ted Ukrop, and it looks awesome. Take a look at what to expect and get a preview of the menu here.

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