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Help name the Richmond Flying Squirrels’ new COTU beer – submissions now open

The Squirrels retired the COTU favorite Chin Music in favor of a new grapefruit shandy which will premiere next season – and now you have the chance to name it.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Center of the Universe Brewing (COTU) are calling on fans to submit names for their new beer, which will debut in the spring of 2020.

Fans can submit their ideas for the name of the new beer beginning today through Fri., Oct. 18. Four finalists will be selected, and fans will be able to vote for a winner beginning Mon., Oct. 21. Name ideas can be submitted here.

The beer, which was selected through fan taste sampling in August, will be a grapefruit shandy. It is a light and crisp Weiss beer with a thirst-quenching grapefruit flavor. The beer is easy drinking and perfect for all seasons, gatherings and, of course, for Flying Squirrels baseball.

“Chin Music served our fans well, and the relationship with Chris and Phil Ray continues to grow,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We felt this was a time to hit the refresh button. Both the craft beer business and the minor league baseball industry are creative and ever-changing. We look forward to the new look and the new beer that will take the Squirrels into our 11th season.”

“Center of the Universe is extremely excited to introduce a new shandy next spring,” COTU co-founder Chris Ray said. “This will be a first for us in this beer category and we can’t wait to share this new brew with the entire city of Richmond and beyond.”

The fan who submits the winning name will receive a Gold Book, which includes 40 undated tickets for the 2020 Flying Squirrels season, as well as an official swag pack featuring the name of the beer. All participants must be 21 or older.

For six years from 2014 through 2019, the Flying Squirrels partnered with Center of the Universe for the Vienna-style amber lager, Chin Music, which was retired in August.

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Laura Lee’s is Now Open for Dine-in Service

Laura Lee’s has a plan to keep you, their employees safe and get you a great meal.

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Great news from our friends at Laura Lee’s (3410 Semmes Avenue).

Laura Lee’s is now open for dine-in and take-out daily from 5-10 PM:

We offer a mix of outdoor seating and tables adjacent to our open garage door at the front of the dining room. Our online reservations system does not differentiate between the two – we will do our best to offer your preferred table at arrival, but there are no guarantees. If you would like to specifically reserve either an indoor table or an outdoor table, please call us at (804)233-9672.

Please note that all guests are required to wear a mask or face covering.

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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting Naked Onion Permanently Closed

The take-out sandwich spot has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

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Richmond BizSense.com has the news of another restaurant feeling the sting of Covid-19.

“We have decided to permanently close. With COVID, and giving birth to our second child in May, we just don’t feel comfortable with the daily risk, nor do we feel it responsible to put our staff at risk,” the Comstocks said in a message to BizSense via Facebook.

The Comstocks said they’re not sure what their next move might be. Both are chefs who had prior experience in the culinary scenes in Las Vegas and Richmond before opening The Naked Onion.

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Fuzzy Cactus has reopened, offering family meals, cocktails to go

Get your to-go fried chicken, sandwiches, family meals, and cocktails from this Brookland Park favorite.

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The Fuzzy Cactus, the space I very affectionately refer to as the “Sticky Rice of the Northside,” has reopened for curbside to-go and bulk family meals, the Brookland Park restaurant announced.

The full menu, which includes the restaurant’s fried chicken, sandwiches, and other shareables, follows below.

Fuzzy Cactus is located at 221 Brookland Park Boulevard. Order online here.

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