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Baja Bean Saying Adios

Richmond.com has the details on the closing of one of the best patios in Richmond.

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The basement bar that nearly everyone in Richmond has been in at one time or another, Baja Bean (1520 W Main Street), is planning on closing up in October. The bar was also a great host for many a VCU and Richmond Kicker viewing party so not just Tex-Mex lovers are mourning this loss.

Karri Peifer of Richmond.com has the details from owner Jeff Allums.

Allums said a number of factors – the size of the space, staffing constraints, changing demographics and societal changes all factored into his decision to close, but none more than saturation rate of restaurants in the area.

“The sheer number of restaurants has affected me more than rent,” he said. “When we started in the winter of ’99, there were a few places around us, but look at it now.”

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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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Cobra Burgers Have Coiled Up In Manchester

I’m now officially looking forward to Friday for a whole new set of reasons.

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Hatch Cafe is an event space, pop-up venue and incubator for all things food and beverage. They call 2601 Maury Street their home. Normally they have a small but solid list of options. ⁣Follow their Facebook to see the latest Pop-up they’re hosting, most recently you missed out on lobster rolls.

On Fridays from 5 to 9pm and then Saturdays from 12noon to 9pm. they’re the home for Cobra Burger.  You might recognize co-founders Adam Musselman,  Joshua Franklin, and Melville Johnson IV from the now-shuttered Cardinal State Butcher in Bon Air.

Richmond Magazine has an in-depth scoop on Cobra Burger that provides great insight into what Cobra Burger is all about.

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So what, exactly, is a Cobra Burger? Two Harris Farms beef patties, American cheese, Cobra bread-and-butter pickles and pickled red onions, shredded lettuce, and the signature Cobra sauce on a potato bun. Other varieties include a solo patty, or “Junior” size, and “The King,” four towering patties — all served with pickled French fries.

The article also mentions their vegan option and the loose-meat sandwich a mid-west take on the Sloppy Joe.

But c’mon all you really need to know is this image from Cobra Burger’s Instagram.

Ordering is live on the appropriate day via the link:  cafe.hatchkitchenrva.com Simply click to ‘schedule for later’ then select which day and time slot, and you’re good to go!⁣ There is limited dine-in seating if you don’t want grab and go.

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Hungry Harvest produce delivery boxes land in Richmond this fall

Harvest Boxes start at $15 and customers can choose from a variety of options and sizes, including organic, for weekly or biweekly delivery. Completely customizable, customers can also add pantry staples to their boxes through the Add On Marketplace.

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Just in time for Virginia’s fall bounty, Hungry Harvest, a farm-to-doorstep produce delivery service, arrives in Richmond this October. With a mission to reduce food waste, Hungry Harvest ensures farmers get a fair wage for their full harvest by purchasing surplus fruits and veggies that would otherwise not make it to market. They then pass along these savings directly to customers.

Harvest Boxes start at $15 and customers can choose from a variety of options and sizes, including organic, for weekly or biweekly delivery. Completely customizable, customers can also add pantry staples to their boxes through the Add On Marketplace.

The company began as a small start-up, born in Baltimore, Maryland by CEO and co-founder Evan Lutz in June of 2014. A senior at the University of Maryland at the time, Lutz would often hand pack the boxes himself and deliver them to the 30 customers, half of which were free trial boxes.

Lutz knew he needed financial help to make his dreams come true and took Hungry Harvest to Shark Tank. In June of 2015, he made a deal with Robert Herjavec, helping to launch the business to success. Since then Hungry Harvest has grown exponentially, in markets across Washington D.C., Virginia, Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, North Carolina, Detroit Metro Area, and South Florida.

Already available in northern Virginia markets, Hungry Harvest is ready to expand to Richmond. “Richmond has a thriving, health-conscious food community that supports fresh produce and the farmers who grow it,” Lutz said. “It’s a natural next step for us.”

One in five fruits and vegetables are wasted for a variety of reasons such as “too big,” “too small,” “don’t quite look right,” or simply too much. This is the produce that is rescued by Hungry Harvest and delivered to your doorstep. Every delivery helps to eliminate at least 10 pounds of food from going to waste.

In addition to eliminating waste, every Hungry Harvest delivery supports food banks and hunger-solving initiatives in local communities with produce donations. Twenty percent of people in the United States live in food insecurity without reliable access to enough affordable, nutritious food and Hungry Harvest has provided over 1.5 million pounds of fruits and vegetables through these community partnerships and their own food access programs.

Deliveries begin October 8th; you can pre-order now here.

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Bakery to Rise Up in Manchester

There’s some work to be done on the location and they hope to open up in January.

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Spotted on Instagram and Facebook is news of Wildcraft Focaccia Company picking a spot to set up shop in Manchester. They describe themselves as naturally leavened, garden-to-table, sourdough and focaccia bakery. I look forward to trying them out. They don’t state it but I’m pretty sure the address will be 1303 Hull Street.

Here’s what they said on FB about their location.

It’s finally official – I found a space. It’s taken way longer than I ever expected – I worked on several properties and had months-long negotiations three separate times. Then there was the huge chunk of time when I didn’t even look for properties during the initial covid months, but finally, after almost a year of looking, I’ve landed in Manchester! My plan as of now is getting the keys on October 1st and likely taking three months to work on the space (it needs some TLC and some layout changes) Then opening in early January. Thanks for hanging with me during my “photo only” phase and please continue to keep me company during the build-out process! I’m looking forward to seeing you in person in 2021!

 

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