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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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Bookbinder’s Brings you Mac & Cheese on Another Level with BIGWIFE’S Pop-Up

This isn’t your typical mom’s mac & cheese. If your mom makes mac & cheese like this we would like to be adopted.

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Old Original Bookbinder’s Seafood & Steakhouse has launched a new experimental pop-up concept focusing exclusively on macaroni and cheese. BIGWIFE’S Mac & Cheese is operating for delivery and carryout from the Bookbinder’s kitchen.

The inventive menu includes creative spins like Buffalo Mac with spicy chicken and gorgonzola cheese; Little Figgy Mac with goat cheese, ham and fig; Mac Lorraine with bacon, scallions, and gruyere; and Greek Wedding Mac with tomato, olive, artichokes, pepperoncini and feta. Any mac can be made gluten free.

Orders can be placed at https://www.bigwifesmac.com/ and via Grubhub. BIGWIFE’S is open Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Old Original Bookbinder’s is located at 2306 E Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23223.

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23rd & Main Kitchen and Postbellum Closing for Winter

Two more restaurants are shutting their doors. They plan to reopen later in the year.

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Over the holiday break two more restaurants announced their plans to close up until spring.

23rd & Main Kitchen and Taproom posted the following to Facebook.

Postbellum made a similar statement also on Facebook although you stated they hope to open in two months.

Postbellum will be going on a two month vacation in order to to give our staff a much needed period of rest, and to prepare for our spring service. —We hope to see you this weekend, as we are extending our happy hour from 3:30 – 8PM & offering delicious brunch/dinner specials. Otherwise, we will see you when we return on March 1st! Stay safe, RVA

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Helen’s Closed Until 2021

Hopefully, the Fan institution will be back sooner rather than later.

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Helen’s (2527 W Main Street) announced on Facebook and Reddit that they’re going to close up until 2021. The re-open date will be determined once we’re through this mess of a pandemic. They’ve been closed to indoor dining since March and just went back to takeout only about 2 weeks ago. Hit up that Reddit thread for more details.

Posted to Helen’s Facebook

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