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Drive Shack teeing up for late summer opening just west of Short Pump

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Two new upscale golf facilities are on the horizon in town, and the first is getting ready to open its doors. Sports entertainment company Drive Shack will open its 65,000-square-foot Richmond facility in late summer, featuring three levels of climate-controlled, private driving bays with augmented reality range games and virtual course play and full-service restaurant and bar.

A social entertainment venue, Drive Shack offers more than just tech-forward golf. Expect 300-plus TVs to take in the latest sporting events, retro arcade games, a rooftop patio with views of the venue, and a restaurant and bar serving chef-driven dishes and craft cocktails. Drive Shack also hosts a range of special events including boozy brunches, live music, and themed holiday bashes.

The range boasts 96 private driving bays where players can socialize, dine and partake in a range of games in a climate-controlled space. Players can take a swing at one of Drive Shack’s proprietary interactive games, earning points by hitting virtual targets in games like Monster Hunt or ShackJack. More avid golfers can also practice their shot, virtually, on real golf courses like Wyoming’s Teton Pines.

As Drive Shack gears up for Richmond’s late-summer opening, it’s beginning the hiring process for 300 positions—and the job interviews will be far from typical.

In the spirit of Drive Shack’s spotlight on games and entertainment, the hiring events will include interactive games in the vein of Mad Libs and Connect Four. There will also be a Lego-themed activity, a relay challenge, and investigative play, where applicants must use clues to solve various problems. After the games portion of the interview process, each applicant will have a one-on-one interview with a Drive Shack manager.

The games serve a purpose: They are designed to help promote a diverse workforce and objectively gauge an individual’s natural skill set. Games are aligned with Drive Shack positions and help guide the recruitment team in helping place candidates in the roles best suited for them.

“We’ve developed an interview process that will not only help us get the talent we need but ensure we place them in the right role,” said Drive Shack CEO Ken May.

Drive Shack Richmond will be hosting the hiring events at its facility—located at 1647 Four Rings Drive in Goochland—starting July 22 and continuing through August 14. Drive Shack will be hiring for both full- and part-time roles, and positions range from servers and bartenders to line cooks and bussers to guest services and more. Interested applicants can sign up for the events at www.driveshack.com/careers or on Facebook at @driveshackcareers.

“We’re excited to open in Richmond and to be adding 300 more members to the Drive Shack family,” May said. “Our goal is to provide every guest who comes to Drive Shack with a fun and memorable experience, and our team is essential in achieving this. They’re what makes Drive Shack special.”

The company offers competitive wages and perks through its employee benefits program, including free golf play and lessons, discounts on Drive Shack merchandise and 50 percent off dining. The company also offers flexible work hours to accommodate students’ schedules.

Meanwhile, work continues on Topgolf, set to open soon in the Westwood area closer to the city.

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Fat Kid Sandwiches launches as new overstuffed sub concept from “ghost kitchen” operation

Fat Kid Sandwiches boasts exactly what you think it does. Overstuffed, indulgent subs, grilled cheeses, and sky-high clubs flank the menu. You won’t go hungry as most sandwiches are two hearty servings.

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Richmond’s first ghost kitchen has launched a new concept that you’ll want to have “get in your belly!” Fat Kid Sandwiches launched in late July; the newest concept from Jon Martin and Liz Clifford of Dunharrow Concepts, Richmond’s first ghost kitchen.

Fat Kid Sandwiches boasts exactly what you think it does. Overstuffed, indulgent subs, grilled cheeses, and sky-high clubs flank the menu. You won’t go hungry as most sandwiches are two hearty servings.

After launching Garden Party last month, Fat Kid Sandwiches is Dunharrow’s second delivery-only restaurant – which is what a “ghost kitchen” essentially is. With the success of the vegan and vegetarian concept, they hope Richmond receives their sandwich concept with the same excitement.

“We’ve had a really great response so far,” said Clifford.

The pair have already hosted a preview event and a pop-up at The Veil Brewing Co. as part of the concept’s launch.

The Bangin’ Grilled Cheese boasts American, Provolone, and Cheddar on a homemade sandwich loaf. His grandmother’s recipe, Martin makes this bread himself, and it truly makes the sandwich. Add tomato, avocado, or bacon if you’d like and you’ve got yourself a grilled cheese your childhood-self would be pleased with.

If you like to be in control, you can also “choose your own adventure” and build a sub exactly to your liking. Have no fear, vegans, and vegetarians – they’ve got you covered as well.

Fat Kid Sandwiches can be ordered online for delivery Wednesday through Saturday from 5 – 9 p.m. You can find them on UberEats, GrubHub, and most recently on Richmond-based food delivery service, ChopChop.

For more information on Dunharrow Concepts and Fat Kid Sandwiches, visit fatkidsandwiches.com.

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New orchid store set to bloom in West End this September

“Our West End clients have been asking us to open a store near them for years and plants are experiencing a surge in popularity right now because so many people are working from home,” the company said in a news release.

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A local orchid grower is putting down roots in the West End due to customer demand.

Chadwick & Son Orchids Inc has announced it is opening a new orchid store in the West End in the Gaskins Place Shopping Center. The new space should be ready by September 1st.

The company, based in Powhatan, says the new location fills the need for Chadwick’s many West End clients and helps to meet the increased demand for plants in general. Chadwick’s existing store in the Museum District was recently renovated and will remain.

“Our West End clients have been asking us to open a store near them for years and plants are experiencing a surge in popularity right now because so many people are working from home,” the company said in a news release.

Chadwick & Son has 11 greenhouses in Powhatan and specializes in a service called ‘orchid boarding’ in which clients pay to have their plants taken care of. There are currently over 13,000 plants in production.

“Orchids, in various forms, have been in vogue for over a century – first as corsages, then as collector’s items, now as everyday houseplants,” a company representative concluded.

Chadwick & Son Orchids was founded in 1989 by Art Chadwick and his son, Arthur.

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Home Team Grill’s Glen Allen outpost rebranded as Twin Hickory Tavern

After 14 years in business in Glen Allen, local restaurant Home Team Grill has traded the sports moniker for one that shares the name of its community.

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After 14 years in business in Glen Allen, local restaurant Home Team Grill has traded the sports moniker for one that shares the name of its community. After some interior renovations and a revamp of the menu, owner Garland Taylor reopened the neighborhood restaurant as Twin Hickory Tavern.

The new restaurant has been totally renovated and features an expanded bar lineup with 20 beers on tap and a more upscale menu featuring appetizers like seared tuna, buffalo cauliflower, and chicken satay; sliders, a selection of tacos, and soups and salads; dinner entrees include burgers, premium sandwiches, and a shrimp bowl. See the full menu here.

Twin Hickory Tavern is located at 11351 Nuckols Road in the Twin Hickory Town Center and is open Monday – Friday from 11:30 AM until 2:30 PM and 5:00 – 10:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday 5:00 – 10:00 PM.

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