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Garden Grove Brewing & Urban Winery co-owner Michael Brandt passes away

“Mike dedicated his life to his family, friends and passion for craft beer and wine,” the business shared on Facebook. “We respectfully ask for privacy to Mike’s family during this time. We are heartbroken.”

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A beloved member of the Richmond beverage scene has passed away, it was announced Thursday. Michael Brandt, the brewer, winemaker, and co-owner of Garden Grove Brewing & Urban Winery, died suddenly, the business shared on Facebook.

“It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of Co-Owner, Brewer and Winemaker Michael Brandt,” the post reads. “Mike dedicated his life to his family, friends and passion for craft beer and wine. We respectfully ask for privacy to Mike’s family during this time. We are heartbroken.”

No other details were shared.

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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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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PHOTOS: Switch’s new concept, 84, takes things back to 1984

The restaurant with quarterly rotating themes is kicking it in the ’80s for the foreseeable future.

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Better start with ellipses as Pac-Man can come eat them! Or spots on a Lite-Brite Board waiting to be filled in with whatever colors and shapes you want.

@thenightowl Mikael Broth has brilliantly painted murals depicting pop culture in 1984: Prince & Purple Rain, Madonna, and the material girl, Michael Jackson as the zombie in Thriller eating popcorn (which seems totally hilarious and wrong across from Gizmo who will undoubtedly be up after midnight).

Stools between seats are painted as Rubix cubes awaiting solving. A bloodied Dr. Indiana Jones watches over the bar on one side while Tetris pieces fall on the other side.

Underneath the seats is Pinky, no Blinky, no maybe that’s Clyde chasing those pellets.

Immerse yourself in memories or if you are younger, dive straight into the tank that is Pop Culture of 1984 on display at Switch.

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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting on Continental Coming to Manchester

A new restaurant for the Manchester area.

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The Continental Westhampton is a staple for diners on Grove. Eventually, those of us South of the river will have our very own Continental to call our own at 609 Hull Street. Continental brings to the table a diverse menu that you can check out here. I highly recommend the meatloaf.

From the full-article on Richmond BizSense.com:

Giavos said Continental Manchester will be a similar concept to his Continental Westhampton that’s been open for eight years along the Libbie-Grove corridor.

“We decided to take the ‘W’ in Continental Westhampton and flip it upside down for Manchester,” he said.

“It’ll be neighborhood-friendly, accessible, not too expensive. Hopefully it’ll be good for that neighborhood. There are so many young professionals over there, hopefully I can bring something that’s a needed commodity.”

According to the article no date is set for projected opening.

 

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