Weekly Food News: Food festival season, a new Afghan concept, Scott’s Addition’s first sports bar, and more

Weekly Food News: Food festival season, a new Afghan concept, Scott’s Addition’s first sports bar, and more

This week, a look at several new concepts including Scott’s Addition’s first sports bar, an Afghan concept for Carytown, a guide to food festival season in RVA, and much more.

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New Afghan concept coming to Carytown – The darkened doors of Burger Bach’s old Carytown location will soon light up again with a new concept set to open in just weeks. Hamid Noori is opening Mantu, an Afghan concept, at the space at 10 South Thompson Street. The name roughly translates to “me and you” in English, and is also the name of one of the forthcoming restaurant’s featured items – traditional Afghan dumplings. Read on.

Scott’s Addition trades nightclub for sports bar – Speaking of new life for old spaces, Scott’s Addition will get its first sports bar with the opening of Wood & Iron Gameday Restaurant in the former Club Infuzion space on Roseneath Road in the back of the neighborhood. It’s the latest venture for the folks behind Asado and Flyin’ Pig Backyard Grill. Here’s what we know so far.

Your guide to food festival season in RVA – If it’s late spring it can only mean one thing in Richmond. Okay, it means many awesome things. But the most awesome of all things is probably that it’s food festival season! It all starts with the Lebanese Food Festival this weekend in the West End. Richmond Magazine’s guide takes us through the highlights of the spring and summer, all the way through the Carytown Watermelon Festival in August. Get your fest on here.

Wake Cafe is now open in Downtown Richmond – If you work or live downtown, there’s a new breakfast and lunch spot to enjoy. Wake Cafe is now open in the former Federal Coffee & Tea space at 616 East Franklin Street. Karri Peifer with the RTD has the lowdown on what you can expect. More here.

Fatty Smokes leaves diners fat and happy – If there are two things it’s safe to say Richmond has plenty of these days, it’s barbecue joints and pizza restaurants. The latest of the former type is now open downtown, and it’s a standout. Style Weekly’s Laura Ingles takes us inside EAT Restaurant Partners’ newest venture, Fatty Smokes on East Broad Street downtown in this week’s issue. Read on to see why it left her, in her words, “fat and happy.” More here.

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