Few Dope Queens will be a special four-course prix fixe vegan dinner event by Shola Walker with drinks by Ariel Lawrence.
Dinner is $25 per person (excludes tax and gratuity), with optional tea and alcohol pairings available.
Reservations/tickets and more info at ipanemaveg.com/queens
A Richmond native born to Reverands Horace and Janie Walker, Shola Walker has had food and cooking present in her life from her early childhood. Janie, affectionately known as “Ladybug”, is one of 19 children so Shola’s primary culinary education came from various family members trying to feed everyone for Sunday dinner, family reunions and/or church functions. After a career as a performing artist Shola returned to her roots in cooking as a professional (WPA Bakery, Julep’s New Southern Cuisine, Nota Bene). It was at WPA Bakery where she met and befriended Kendra Murden, who encouraged her to open her own business. Leaning on her strengths as a long time baker and with the help of her supportive family, Shola and her sisters Michelle Sanders and Shantell Malachi opened Mahogany Sweets bakery in November of 2017. Mahogany Sweets focuses on the “exceptional” – customers who have to make dietary exceptions such as gluten-free, vegan, diabetic, dairy-free while making baked goods so desirable no one will ever notice.
Ariel Lawrence is a bartender and educator who focuses on sustainable cocktail culture and has lectured on community engagement and culturally focused bar pedagogy. She currently works at Laura Lee’s, a restaurant and fern bar proudly located on Richmond’s Southside.
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.
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.
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.
From Richmond BizSense:
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.
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.
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.