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Fuel Pump Coffee Station & Wine Bar set to open soon in Carytown

The former 10 Italian Cafe space at 3200 W. Cary Street will soon reopen as a new concept serving coffee, wine, and a small but mighty food menu.

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A new coffee shop and wine bar will soon open in the darkened doors of what was once 10 Italian Cafe in Carytown.

Fuel Pump Coffee Station + Wine Bar, located at 3200 W Cary Street, will be open seven days a week from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, serving coffee, tea, wine, and beer, plus a small menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections. The new venture is owned by husband-and-wife team Mary Dail and Andreas Waltenburg.

Calling on the best products they can find from around the country, Mary and Andreas have partnered with Intelligentsia coffee, Belloqc tea, and will be offering a selection of traditional varietal and new-world wines. What’s the common thread among these offerings? Quality. This is the stuff that Mary and Andreas are passionate about sharing with RVA.

“We are thrilled to have found such an appealing corner in Carytown,” Dail said. “We knew right away that this space had so much potential and would be a place we’d want to hang out. Our goal is to make it exactly that: a hang-out, a sun-kissed spot for morning coffee and a people-watching corner for indulging in our delicious wine selection.”

Upon opening, the menu will focus on quick breakfast options from assorted pastries and bagels to ricotta toast with preserves. A full menu will be developed to showcase the skills of their back of house staff as well as their own personal tastes – literally the food they like to eat.

“Our coffee, teas, wines and forthcoming menu items have been curated and sourced from some of our favorite purveyors both locally and nationally. Our choices have been informed by my 20+ years of experience in the restaurant industry, with influences from both the global table that is New York City and my Scandinavian roots,” Waltenburg said.

to bring some of their favorite food and drink experiences to their new home in Richmond, VA.

Andreas is a Swedish native who after moving to the US in 1994 realized his dream of opening up his own bar/restaurant in NYC – The Folly – in 2014. “Dre” is excited to share his second venture and second love – only to tequila – with his RVA neighbors.

Mary moved to NYC in 1995 after graduating from UNC-CH in her home state of North Carolina. After working as a photography editor for Martha Stewart Living, where she developed a passion for all things food and home, she started her own creative agency – Big Leo Productions – representing food and interiors photographers, directors and stylists. An unending search for that stellar cup of coffee and the desire to put down roots in Richmond led her to partner with her connoisseur husband. “He truly makes the best cortado I’ve ever had,” she said.

Fuel Pump is planning to open in the next several weeks, pending required permits.

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Local restaurants slinging cocktails, supporting LGBTQ organizations in support of National Pride Month

More than 25 restaurants in the Richmond Region are celebrating National Pride Month and supporting local LGBTQ organizations through the Dine Out For Pride campaign on June 5-11.

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More than 25 restaurants in the Richmond Region are celebrating National Pride Month and supporting local LGBTQ organizations through the Dine Out For Pride campaign on June 5-11.

With every signature cocktail sold at participating restaurants, $1 will be donated equally to VA Pride and the Richmond Region Tourism Foundation’s OutRVA campaign.

Dine Out For Pride restaurants include:

  • Bar Solita
  • Bell Cafe
  • Cabo Fish Taco
  • Casa del Barco Canal Walk
  • Dave & Buster’s Glen Allen
  • eazzy burger
  • Heritage
  • JewFro
  • Main Street Steakhouse
  • Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar
  • Papi’s Downtown
  • Pinky’s
  • Restaurant Adarra
  • River City Roll
  • Sam Miller’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar
  • SB’s Lakeside Love Shack
  • SB’s Main Street Love Shack
  • Shagbark
  • Soul Taco
  • Southbound
  • Tang & Biscuit
  • Tarrant’s Downtown
  • Tarrant’s West
  • The Locker Room
  • Three Notch’d Brewing Company
  • Wok This Way
  • ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque

VA Pride is a program of Diversity Richmond and produces dozens of events annually including VA Pride Fest on September 23. The organization also provides grants, sponsorships, and scholarships to support local LGBTQ people, organizations and allies.

Richmond Region Tourism’s OutRVA campaign has been promoting the Richmond Region as a welcoming destination for more than 10 years.

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WATCH: Richmond Region Tourism’s new marketing campaign proves Richmond “speaks for itself”

The campaign will run June 1, 2023, through June 2024, and is expected to reach more than 80 million potential travelers through connected TV in selected markets in the East Coast and southern United States, as well as on social media, digital display ads and out-of-home digital billboards in select markets.

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Richmond Region Tourism has launched a new, multi-channel $2 million marketing campaign to inspire travel to the destination. “Speaks for Itself” is a first-of-its-kind campaign for the Richmond Region, targeting potential travelers in East Coast and southern U.S. markets through an unconventional, sound-focused video approach centered around the genuine and authentic character of the region. It also marks a historic opportunity for Richmond Region Tourism to invest more than double its normal budget for tourism marketing.

A 60-second video preview was unveiled to the local hospitality community at Richmond Region Tourism’s 2023 Tourism Awards and Annual Meeting on May 11. The campaign video takes inspiration from popular ASMR content on social media to communicate what it’s like for visitors to experience the Richmond Region – a destination marked by an understated authenticity that even locals find hard to define.

“The Richmond Region speaks to every visitor in different ways,” said Jack Berry, President & CEO of Richmond Region Tourism. “Trying to find a pithy slogan to sum up the region simply wouldn’t do it justice, which is why we’re so excited by this campaign—it provides a platform for local voices and experiences to shine and encourages visitors to take in the many diverse sides of the region.”

The campaign also reflects an effort of community collaboration across the Richmond region. Six jurisdictions including the City of Richmond, Chesterfield County, Hanover County, Henrico County, Colonial Heights and the Town of Ashland contributed funds received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) via Virginia Tourism Corporation, which must be used specifically for tourism recovery efforts.

“It’s the little moments that make a visit to a destination special, and this campaign embraces and celebrates those experiences in a uniquely Richmond way,” said Richmond Region Tourism Board Chair Dan Schmitt. “They could happen at a buzzy restaurant downtown or in a peaceful park in Henrico. This campaign is remarkable in how it can be embraced and adapted across the region’s many jurisdictions.”

Richmond Region Tourism partnered with ChamberRVA and the Greater Richmond Partnership to review a competitive set of proposals from more than a dozen marketing agencies and selected Richmond-based agency Padilla to create and deliver the campaign.

To ensure that the campaign authentically reflected the Richmond Region, Padilla interviewed more than 60 local leaders and community members during campaign concepting including the BLKRVA and OutRVA committees, business owners, government officials, museum staff, college administrators and more. Keeping with the “Speaks for Itself” theme, local influencers also are being tapped to create unique ASMR-style videos that will be promoted in the campaign’s target markets.

The campaign will run June 1, 2023, through June 2024, and is expected to reach more than 80 million potential travelers through connected TV in selected markets in the East Coast and southern United States, as well as on social media, digital display ads and out-of-home digital billboards in select markets.

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Virginia ABC officials say they’ve ‘automated’ liquor lotteries to prevent future errors

Virginia liquor officials said they’re taking steps to automate the random lottery process for rare bottles after an outcry from bourbon enthusiasts who say the state bungled a recent lottery and allowed some entrants to win multiple bottles despite steep odds of that outcome occurring naturally.

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By Graham Moomaw

Virginia liquor officials said they’re taking steps to automate the random lottery process for rare bottles after an outcry from bourbon enthusiasts who say the state bungled a recent lottery and allowed some entrants to win multiple bottles despite steep odds of that outcome occurring naturally.

The leadership of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority discussed the lottery issues Tuesday morning during a meeting of the authority’s board of directors.

ABC officials told the board a problem occurred in the last lottery — which had more than 40,000 entries — due to a “breakdown in Excel sorting,” referring to the commonly used data processing software Microsoft Excel. The authority was using Excel to sort through lottery entries and determine the winners.

“I can’t speak to the inner workings of Excel. It sorted some of it and didn’t sort some of the rest,” said ABC Director of Internal Audit Mike Skrocki.

The authority also offered assurances that the possibility for human or spreadsheet errors would be reduced under a new system that will require less human oversight to pick winners at random. Officials indicated the new system will be implemented immediately and is expected to be formally announced when the next round of lottery results go out.

The previous system, said ABC Chief Digital and Branding Officer Vida Williams, allowed lottery entrants to enter multiple times using different home and email addresses. Though winners are asked to show identification to verify their address when they go to pick up a bottle they won, ABC officials said the old system appeared to let one person submit 241 different lottery entries.

“Our old process was very manual,” said Skrocki. “You could put Sesame Street as your address. It’s going to take it.”

Officials said they weren’t sure if allowing multiple entries contributed to some people seeming to defy the odds to win multiple bottles. But addresses will be more diligently verified going forward, they said, by checking them using location data from Google. The authority will also be implementing a stronger review process to check the results for statistical anomalies, officials said.

“The automated process does dramatically decrease the opportunity to game the system,” Williams said.

The lottery controversy is the latest rare-liquor drama for ABC, whose internal logistics data was offered for sale online last year to help bourbon hunters get a head start on figuring out which ABC stores would be getting highly sought-after products that aren’t usually available. The two men involved in the scheme, one a former ABC employee, both pleaded guilty to one felony charge related to computer trespassing.

[Read more: Neither man convicted in scheme to sell ABC bourbon info will face active jail time]

The authority’s explanation of what Williams called a “hiccup” hasn’t satisfied many of its customers. Statements ABC has posted on Facebook about the matter have been followed by a flood of skeptical responses, many questioning why the state should even be in the business of running liquor lotteries.

“In addition to the government not being able to properly run a booze raffle, a booze raffle exists,” wrote one Facebook commenter.

Another respondent quoted a line about propaganda from George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984.”

“The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears,” the commenter wrote. “It was their final, most essential command.”

At Tuesday’s meeting, authority officials reiterated their belief that the flaws in the recent lottery didn’t appear to be intentional mischief by ABC employees and noted that anyone employed by the authority is barred from participating in the lotteries.

“We believe in equitable access to all of the products that we sell,” Williams said.

Williams also noted that most lotteries ABC conducted within the past year did not see similar problems, calling that “part of that story that is missing.”

“It made us seem like we’re a lot more egregious in oversight than we actually have been,” she said.

Some ABC board members pressed for more information on exactly where the problem occurred and how the new system would prevent it from happening again.

Board Chair Tim Hugo, a former Republican delegate, asked if the authority’s new system was something already being used successfully elsewhere or a system designed internally that would be more like a “beta test.”

ABC officials said elements of the new system are commonly accepted industry standards without going into specifics about the technology powering the new process.

“If you don’t know exactly how it happened other than that there were vulnerabilities … how do you know that this solution of dealing with the addresses stops the problem?” asked ABC board member Mark Rubin, who previously served as a senior adviser to U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., when Kaine was governor.

Authority officials said the new process will also involve a new, algorithmically driven way of picking winners at random, removing the need for manual sorting of Excel spreadsheets.

“We run the randomization through a statistical process,” said Williams.

Rubin noted he had gone to law school because statistics weren’t his strong suit.

“So your confidence level is very high that this problem is eliminated?” Rubin asked.

Williams replied: “My confidence is exceptionally high.”

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