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Don’t Look Back South Now Open

Be gentle and patient folks, the first days of a new restaurant are fraught with peril.

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Let me put on my old-timer’s hat and tell you about a little taco truck called Nate’s Tacos. The tacos were delicious and it was one of the first really successful food trucks in town. Eventually, Nate with the help of Hamooda Shami, co-owner of New York Deli opened up a brick and mortar spot in Carytown. That marked the end of the taco truck.

The taco world has traveled full circle and now Nates’ tacos are back on the Southside with the opening of Don’t Look Back South at 7524 Forest Hill Ave.

From Facebook:

ok, southside is open! but it’s a super soft opening with limited hours so please be patient with us as we get ourselves situated

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store

Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.

The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.

Construction should begin late in the spring.

The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.

The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.

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Fighting Fish adding location of popular sushi joint in Scott’s Addition

Sushi rolls, poke bowls, sushi burritos, and other specialties from the Jackson Ward spot will soon make their way to Scott’s Addition.

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Scott’s Addition is in line for a new sushi joint, as a Jackson Ward restaurant has added space on Arthur Ashe Boulevard.

Fighting Fish recently leased the storefront at 912 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. The 2,000-square-foot space was previously home to Ethiopian restaurant Elsa Cafe & Market, which closed at the end of the year after about three years in business.

A sushi- and poke-focused eatery, Fighting Fish’s first location opened in Jackson Ward at 317 N. Second St. about three years ago.

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Bar Louie at Short Pump Town Center has closed its doors

The chain closed at least 38 restaurants this week as part of a bankruptcy protection filing, CNN says.

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A Short Pump Town Center mainstay has closed its doors. Bar Louie, which sits on an outparcel of Short Pump Town Center facing W. Broad Street, closed its doors after the end of service on February 25th, according to a since-deleted Facebook post on the business’s page.

The chain reportedly filed for bankruptcy protection this week and closed up to a third of its locations, totaling at least 38, including its sole Richmond outpost.

No word on what might fill the building.

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