Weekly Food News: An empanada truck gets a storefront, Christmas pop-ups, and the end of the Strawberry Street Café bathtub salad bar

Weekly Food News: An empanada truck gets a storefront, Christmas pop-ups, and the end of the Strawberry Street Café bathtub salad bar

This week, we’ve got the scoop on two holiday pop-up bars to get you in the Christmas spirit, news on J. Kogi’s expansion to the Fan, details on an empanada truck’s jump to a brick-and-mortar, and where Strawberry Street Café’s famous bathtub is headed.

All the news that’s fit to eat

Empanada truck gets a brick-and-mortar in the West End – If you’ve been enjoying Clara and Juan Ignacio Dutari’s empanadas on the local farmers market circuit, you’ll be happy to know you’ll soon be able to enjoy them out of an actual storefront year-round. The couple is bringing their delicious, traditional Argentinan empanadas to the Tuckahoe Village shopping center. If you haven’t had the pleasure of trying these tasty treats yet, I highly recommend you start with the popular cheese, onion and chorizo empanada. You will not be disappointed. Eileen Mellon with Richmond Magazine has all the details on when and where you can get your fix.

Two Christmas-themed pop-ups to get you into the spirit(s) – If you’re looking to get into the spirit of the season whilst enjoying some delicious spirits of the alcohol variety, there’s not one, but two options this year. Rapp Session on E. Grace Street is continuing the holiday pop-up they started last year, and The Jasper is getting in on the “Miracle” holiday pop-up brand that started in New York City for the first time. Karri Peifer with the Richmond Times-Dispatch has all the details on where you can get jolly and what to expect.

We finally know what’s taking over the former Boka Tako space – Remember last week when we told you about the abrupt closure of Boka Tako Bar on N. Robinson Street in the Fan? Well, we finally know who’s taking over. J. Kogi, the Korean kimbap staple in Jackson Ward, will be opening a second location. Owner Jay Ko purchased the building, leading to the closure of Boka. The great news is all employees will be offered jobs at the new restaurant. More here.

Strawberry Street Café has been sold, and changes are on the way – Strawberry Street Café, a long-time Fan staple that opened its doors in 1976, is under new ownership as of late last week. Derek Salerno and Aaron Sisk, whose names you may recognize from their work on other restaurants’ cocktail programs around town including Shagbark, Peter Chang, and ZZQ, are teaming up to carry on the neighborhood restaurant’s legacy. There won’t be many changes at first, but expect some cosmetic and menu changes in the new year. And yes, sadly, the famous bathtub that housed the salad bar is leaving – but you’ll be fascinated and pretty pleased (as I was) to hear where it’s headed. Karri Peifer has the scoop.

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