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Swan Dive Closed and Sold

The restaurant officially announced its closure and sale today.

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Swan Dive at 805 N. Davis has officially closed their doors and sold the restaurant. Karri Peifer over at RTD hasn’t been able to find out who the new owner so local diners will have to wait.

The announcement of the closure and sale comes from the Swan Dive Facebook:

We sure are sorry to have kept you in the dark for so long! But as you may already realize, we have sold Swan Dive 💔🦢

The decision to sell came after much thought and consideration. Ultimately, we realized we were unable to give Swan Dive the TLC it deserved while tending to our family and our other restaurant.

Please keep your eyes peeled for an exciting new culinary endeavor in the lovely space at 805 N Davis.

Endless thank-you’s for all of your love and support.

Au revior!

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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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Foodē is a new food delivery service hoping to shake up the game in Richmond

While other services charge 30 percent on delivery orders, Foodē only charges 10 percent. As a bonus, ordering take out has zero additional fees.

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A Richmond entrepreneur is aiming to create a new food delivery service without the hefty fees at a time when every penny counts and many restaurants are struggling. Foodē, a new app launching next month, is a user-friendly service that delivers great food without crazy fees.

The pandemic has been especially challenging for restaurant owners. While delivery services may be necessary to keep doors open, the fees associated may be causing restaurants to lose money. Foodē aims to solve that problem by offering food delivery services that won’t destroy profits for small mom and pop restaurants. While other services charge 30 percent on delivery orders, Foodē only charges 10 percent. As a bonus, ordering take out has zero additional fees.

Restaurants can test the service for 60 days free of charge. The hardware necessary to use the app is free and Foodē is offering to enter the full menu for the first restaurants that sign up. From there, restaurants can manage inventory, add discounts, and make changes to the menu and hours.

Much like other delivery services in the market, consumers can download an app or use a web browser to view restaurants and place an order. However, the difference lies in the savings. Whether one chooses takeout or delivery, they will pay exactly what the merchant charges, never more. Contactless dine-in and curbside pickup is included as features for no additional fee.

With family in the restaurant industry as both owners and employees, Foodē founders Phu and Anna Nguyen know from experience how challenging fees can be for restaurants first hand. They wanted to create a service that would help, not hinder, a restaurant’s growth.

With no investors to answer to, they don’t have to worry about the pressure to increase profits.

“The goal is to create a platform that is more socially responsible. It’s not about making money as the end goal,” said Phu.

The service is expected to launch next month. Restaurants and grocery stores interested in registering should contact [email protected].

For more information on how to join as a business or consumer, visit go-foode.com.

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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting Krusty Krab Moving into Metro Grill Spot

Don’t get excited Spongebob fans.

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Richmond BizSense.com has the details on this non-Nickelodeon cartoon-themed restaurant.

The Krusty Krab will be the first for Yenci Lemus and her mother, though the co-owners have prior experience working in the industry.

“My mom always wanted to have a restaurant, and we’re trying to make that dream come true,” Lemus said early this week.

Lemus said her mother picked out the restaurant’s name because she liked the sound of it. Lemus said the name wasn’t a reference to the burger joint by the same name seen in the Nickelodeon cartoon Spongebob SquarePants and therefore wouldn’t be themed as such.

The restaurant will serve a wide variety of food including, seafood, burgers, pizza and more.

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Lamplighter co-owner cooking up new Chipotle-style breakfast concept in West End

Zach Archibald, co-owner of Lamplighter Coffee Roasters, is betting on a new Chipotle-style breakfast concept near Freeman High School.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Zach Archibald is betting there’s a place in the West End for his style of breakfast.

The co-founder and co-owner of Lamplighter Coffee Roasters will launch Surrounding Counties Specialty Coffee Explorers Club, a quick-serve breakfast concept on Nov. 1 at 8801-A Three Chopt Road.

The 1,500-square-foot spot in the Westbury Shopping Center will sell coffee drinks and breakfast food in a to-go format with a cafeteria-line format similar to the Chipotle experience.

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