Weekly Food News: Pelon’s closes, Carytown Burgers moves, Wong Gonzalez and Don’t Look Back plan new locations, and the next chapter for Lee Gregory

Weekly Food News: Pelon’s closes, Carytown Burgers moves, Wong Gonzalez and Don’t Look Back plan new locations, and the next chapter for Lee Gregory

This week, a look back at Pelon’s Baja Grill, which closed last weekend, looking forward to two new restaurants, a fond farewell to Lee Gregory as he begins a new chapter, and much more.

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Pelon’s Baja Grill closes Richmond outpost – After about four years in Richmond, Pelon’s Baja Grill closed its doors last Saturday in Westwood. Sure, it was in a strange place for a restaurant – the industrial Westwood area – (BizSense says this was because they needed a large production space for preparation of salsas and other items sold in retail stores), but damn were the tacos good. Dare I say they had the best fish tacos in town, even. The move was necessitated by a neighboring tenant who wanted to expand their footprint, so the landlord bought out the lease. More here.

Wong Gonzalez opening Short Pump location at GreenGate – Score another local restaurant for GreenGate, one of the newest developments in Short Pump. The shopping center that counts West Coast Provisions, Red Salt Chophouse & Sushi, and The Daily Kitchen & Bar among its local restaurants will soon add Wong Gonzalez. The Asian/Latin fusion restaurant will serve up largely the same menu as its sister on Grace Street. Karri Peifer has the scoop on when they’ll open and some other details here.

Don’t Look Back preparing to open in Forest Hill – Fans of the popular taco joint Don’t Look Back will be happy to know the restaurant looks to be preparing to open soon. This from our own Richard Hayes, whose keen eye spotted a post advertising open positions at the forthcoming space on Forest Hill Avenue. It’s just the latest addition in an area that’s seen a recent resurgence of locally-owned restaurants. Check it out here.

Carytown Burgers & Fries celebrating grand opening in new space this weekend – Carytown Burgers & Fries, who moved from their home in the Richmond Shopping Center (due to an impending Publix-anchored redevelopment effort) into the former home of Nacho Mama’s in Carytown, is hosting their grand opening this weekend. Among the prizes at the celebration is a chance to win free burgers for life. Get the scoop here.

New vegan space coming to Bon Air – The owner of a food truck and a catering service are joining forces for a new space in Bon Air – Hang Space, that is. The forthcoming 100% vegan restaurant will aim to appeal to everyone, with items like the Beyond Burger on the menu that imitate meat. Eileen Melon has more here.

Chef Lee Gregory says goodbye to The Roosevelt – Chef Lee Gregory, who started The Roosevelt in Church Hill eight years ago, is hanging up his chef hat and moving on. The restaurant industry is no doubt fluid, and chefs come and go, but it’s important to note the large and lasting impact Gregory has made not only in Church Hill, but Richmond’s dining scene as a whole. Eileen Melon with Richmond Magazine sat down with a nostalgic Gregory to talk about his time at the popular restaurant (and where it goes from here without him at the helm), plus more on what he’s working on at his newest restaurant, Alewife. Read on here.

Thanksgiving turkeys with local flavor – Looking to procure a bird for the Thanksgiving table but want something a little more special than a frozen turkey from the supermarket? Elise Kim, writing for Richmond Magazine, has info on local farms offering up birds, and just what makes them so much better. More here.

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