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Flying Squirrels, COTU hosting joint retirement party for ballpark’s official beer, Chin Music, on Friday

There will be a taste-testing set up with three new options from COTU, where fans can sample and vote for their favorite to replace Chin Music in 2020. The winner will be announced this fall and a contest will be held to name the new beer.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Center of the Universe Brewing Company (COTU) are hosting a retirement party for Chin Music at The Diamond during Friday night’s game. As part of the event, fans will be able to vote on a new Flying Squirrels beer from COTU that will be introduced in 2020.

The Flying Squirrels and COTU debuted the Chin Music Vienna-style amber lager in March 2014.

“We can’t believe Chin Music is wrapping up its sixth season with the Squirrels,” COTU co-founder Chris Ray said. “It has had a great career and we couldn’t be more proud of the partnership it has formed. But, there are new prospects ready for their shot. We are sad to see Chin Music head into retirement, but we can’t control our excitement for its replacement debut in 2020.”

During Friday’s retirement party in the Funnville Fan Zone, fans 21 and older will be able to purchase Chin Music and can take home free Chin Music koozies (while supplies last).

There will be a taste-testing set up with three new options from COTU, where fans can sample and vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced this fall and a contest will be held to name the new beer.

“We’ve had an All-Star year here in Funnville and are already planning on a great 2020, including the introduction of our new beer with Center of the Universe,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We have appreciated our relationship with COTU over the last six years and we are looking forward to seeing it continue to grow.”

The new beer from COTU and the Flying Squirrels will debut in the spring of 2020.

Chin Music celebrated its fifth anniversary during the 2018 season with a special, limited edition can. This year, Chin Music cans sported a refreshed look to celebrate the Flying Squirrels’ 2019 Eastern League All-Star Week.

The Flying Squirrels open a six-game homestand on Friday night at The Diamond. For tickets or more information, visit SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, call 804-359-FUNN (3866) or stop by the Flying Squirrels offices.

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Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market planning to double size of Short Pump store

Construction on an expansion of the locally-owned store should commence this Spring.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Tom Leonard’s Farmer’s Market, which has operated in western Henrico County since 2004, is getting bigger.

The 15,000-square-foot market will nearly double in size when the store expansion project is completed later this year, owner Tom Leonard said.

Construction should begin late in the spring.

The expansion will take over the tented area to the left of the store – where pumpkins and Christmas trees are typically sold.

The added space will enable the market, off Tom Leonard Drive, to expand and move its bakery and deli departments into the new space. The bakery will be able to make fresh-boiled bagels – “the way they do them in New York,” Leonard said.

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Fighting Fish adding location of popular sushi joint in Scott’s Addition

Sushi rolls, poke bowls, sushi burritos, and other specialties from the Jackson Ward spot will soon make their way to Scott’s Addition.

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Scott’s Addition is in line for a new sushi joint, as a Jackson Ward restaurant has added space on Arthur Ashe Boulevard.

Fighting Fish recently leased the storefront at 912 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. The 2,000-square-foot space was previously home to Ethiopian restaurant Elsa Cafe & Market, which closed at the end of the year after about three years in business.

A sushi- and poke-focused eatery, Fighting Fish’s first location opened in Jackson Ward at 317 N. Second St. about three years ago.

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Bar Louie at Short Pump Town Center has closed its doors

The chain closed at least 38 restaurants this week as part of a bankruptcy protection filing, CNN says.

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A Short Pump Town Center mainstay has closed its doors. Bar Louie, which sits on an outparcel of Short Pump Town Center facing W. Broad Street, closed its doors after the end of service on February 25th, according to a since-deleted Facebook post on the business’s page.

The chain reportedly filed for bankruptcy protection this week and closed up to a third of its locations, totaling at least 38, including its sole Richmond outpost.

No word on what might fill the building.

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