Richmonders sure love their festivals. So much so, in fact, that in recent years, a mini version of one of the most popular–the Greek Festival–has come to fruition.
The Mini Greek Festival kicked off yesterday at Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral and runs through Saturday, bringing Richmonders a taste of its larger sister event which takes place each spring.
Festival volunteers will be serving up Greek specialties like moussaka, pastichio, souvlaki, and more at lunch and dinnertime, along with an assortment of pastries–both a la carte and by the pan for take-home enjoyment.
In addition, the church is offering sanctuary tours, an international bazaar, and traditional song and dance from the congregation’s Hellenic Dance Troop.
Proceeds will benefit local charities supporting the underprivileged.
The festival runs Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM. The cathedral is located at 30 Malvern Avenue in the Near West End. To place an order by phone, call 804.358.5996.
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.
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.
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.
From Richmond BizSense:
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.
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.
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.