Weekly Food News: One taco bar opens, another closes, an oyster bar for Willow Lawn, and more

Weekly Food News: One taco bar opens, another closes, an oyster bar for Willow Lawn, and more

This week, one taco bar closes in the Fan, another opens in Forest Hill, an oyster bar opens at Willow Lawn, and Jack Brown’s tries a new concept in Shockoe Bottom.

All the news that’s fit to eat

Saltbox Oyster Co. opens its doors at Willow Lawn – Saltbox Oyster Co. has made its debut at Willow Lawn. The new venture headed by Matthew Tlusty (of Julep’s, The White Anchovie, Arcadia, etc.) is housed in the former Family Meal location and features eight varieties of oysters, small plates, and more. Karri Peifer with the RTD has the full scoop.

Carolina Ale House in Short Pump is closed – Beer-heavy sports bar chain Carolina Ale House has closed its only location in Virginia, located at West Broad Village in Short Pump. The move happened at the close of business Sunday evening, and while the move was sudden, staff are being “supported” and offered jobs at other locations, although that would mean a move outside of the state. Here’s what we know.

Boka Tako Bar is “klosed” – Boka Tako Bar on Robinson Street in the Fan closed its doors last night, giving staff and customers almost no notice. The move comes after the building was sold to an unnamed buyer who’s reportedly planning a mysterious fast-casual concept in the space. The news came mid-evening last night and the place went a little wild. I can neither confirm nor deny that staff was seen dancing on the bar, pouring shots of liquor straight into customers’ mouths (no, I’m not making this up – and yes, I was sent the video – I’m not sharing it). They may later regret this “last hoorah” though, as it’s now being reported the new owner is offering jobs to some of the current restaurant staff. More here.

Don’t Look Back’s new Forest Hill location now open – As one taco joint closes, another opens. Don’t Look Back’s new Forest Hill Avenue outpost is now open, and all you South Richmonders can get your paws on some of the best tacos in town. Just give them some time to get up to speed. They’re running with limited hours and menu items, currently. Get the scoop.

Jack Brown’s moves into the Bottom with a new concept – The owners of Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint are making their mark on Shockoe Bottom with a slightly different concept than their burger bar at Libbie & Grove. Billy Jack’s Shack, which opens on December 3rd, will feature burgers and ‘dogs, along with some higher-end fare. Eileen Mellon with Richmond Magazine has more.

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