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O’Toole’s Now Hiring for New Restaurant at Charter Colony

O’Toole’s is looking for folks at both locations. The new one is expected to open in late summer.

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The beloved Irish pub O’Toole’s announced in February their plans to expand to Charter Colony at 13911 Midlothian Turnpike.

Tom O’Toole has posted the following.

Our new restaurant will be opening late summer in Midlothian and we are hiring for all positions. To be considered, please apply at O’Toole’s Restaurant at 4800 Forest Hill Ave. Also accepting applications for the original location.

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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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1,500 From-scratch Biscuits Fueling the Frontlines

The “Give a Biscuit” project by Salt & Forge donated 1,500 biscuits day and night shifts to area hospitals, emergency rooms, ICUs, and COVID units.

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Salt & Forge brought some joy — and biscuits — to area hospitals during Nurses’ Week (May 6-12). Pulling together resources and connections, Salt & Forge was able to secure funding to prepare and deliver over 1,500 biscuits.

The “Give a Biscuit” project was born out of necessity. How could the restaurant keep its staff employed while closures across the country put many on unemployment? How could the restaurant support their community and uplift those in the trenches, responsible for caring for Richmond’s vulnerable? This project was an answer for both.

The “Give a Biscuit” project was made possible by donations from SAVE RVA Restaurants, Richmond Academy of Medicine, FLAG RVA, and the generosity of Salt & Forge customers. Customers had the option to add a $5 “Give a Biscuit” to their orders, thus supplying one biscuit to a frontline healthcare worker.

With the funds, Salt & Forge was able to deliver fresh-made biscuits to both day and night shifts in all area hospitals, emergency rooms, ICUs, and COVID units including HCA, Bon Secours, VCU Health, and McGuire Veterans Hospital.

The “Give a Biscuit” project is still in operation. David Hahn, owner, says, “as long as there are healthcare workers putting themselves on the frontline every day, we are going to feed them.” They have already received commitments from other groups to help feed caregivers beyond Nurses Week.

 

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Richmond Flying Squirrels to offer ballpark food pickup with “Funville Foodie Fridays”

Miss the Flying Squirrels experience? Ballpark foods, beer, and wine will be available curbside at The Diamond on Fridays beginning this week.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels will have ballpark food available for curbside pickup with Funnville Foodie Fridays on deck at The Diamond. The first Funnville Foodie Friday will be this Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pick-up time slot reservations and food orders can be submitted here. Orders can be placed until 5 p.m. on Wednesday each week. Online payment options are also encouraged to limit contact.

Fans will be able to enjoy their favorite Flying Squirrels concession items, including Squirrelly Fries, burgers, chicken tenders, and more.

Cans of the Flying Squirrels’ new official beer, Richmond Rally Cap, as well as the team’s new wine, Feelin’ Squirrelly, will also be available for pick-up for customers 21 and older. Beer and wine pick-ups are also available every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We miss our fans terribly, and we know one of the things they miss right now is our Funnville food and beverages,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We look forward to being able to give them the opportunity on Fridays to enjoy that through safe, social distance-oriented curbside pickup right here at The Diamond.”

Hot dogs, burgers, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, mild and hot sausages, and bratwursts are all available as individual items or as part of combo meals, which include a regular Squirrelly Fry and a 20 oz. bottled beverage.

For pick-up, customers are asked to enter The Diamond’s parking lot on Squirrels Way, where an attendant will direct vehicles to the order pick-up location.

The Flying Squirrels Food & Beverage staff has put additional safety measures into place and will be following all COVID-19 safety protocols.

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Legend Brewing Company Brady’s Blonde Ale Going to the Dogs for a Good Cause

Brady’s Blonde Ale released next week will feature a dog adopted from the Richmond SPCA, during Be Kind to Animals Week.

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We get word from Legend about a new beer that features a lovely dog named Brady.

When the live auction opened at the Richmond SPCA’s last Fur Ball on November 2, 2019, bidding was fiercely competitive on the first package introduced to the audience: the opportunity to work with the brewers at Richmond’s Legend Brewing Company on a limited-release beer to feature the winning bidder’s own pet on the label. The resulting creation from Legend Brewing Company, Brady’s Blonde Ale, will debut during Be Kind to Animals Week on Friday, May 8, 2020.

The flavorful and easy-drinking blonde ale has a zippy, citrusy hop aroma complemented by mild notes of honey and spice. Four-packs of Brady’s Blonde Ale will be available from Legend Brewing Company’s Richmond Brewpub beginning at noon next Friday. Takeout family-style meals are available from the Richmond pub, along with their full menu, with contact-free curbside pickup as well as free delivery options in the Manchester and Forest Hill neighborhoods.

The smiling blonde dog who is prominent on each can is Brady, the beloved companion of Jack and Katherine Nelson, who adopted him from the Richmond SPCA in January of 2019. The Nelsons’ winning bid of $14,000 for the auction package went to the Richmond SPCA’s Cinderella Fund and is being used to deliver lifesaving veterinary treatment to sick and injured dogs and cats taken into the care of the local nonprofit humane society.

Katherine Nelson describes Brady as an exuberantly affectionate dog who was the perfect fit for their family. “We are excited that having Brady’s cute face on a Legend Brewing label will let us share his effervescent personality and the hoppiness in his heart with friends while bringing attention to pets at the Richmond SPCA and funding the veterinary care that Brady was so fortunate to receive while he waited to be adopted,” she said.

Legend Brewing Company Regional Pub Manager Allen Valencia said, “It’s important to think of all of us—every member of the family—not just the human ones during COVID-19. We want to make sure we are doing our part to help animals. It has been a great pleasure to team up with Brady’s family and the Richmond SPCA to bring awareness to all of the other pets out there looking for a family they can adopt and complete.”

Brady was photographed by Amanda Arnold Photography for the can designed by The Zest Lab.

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