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Richmond BizSense Reporting Ipanema has New Ownership

Ipanema Cafe at 917 W. Grace Street has a new owner.

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I’ll readily admit that some (most?) corners of Reddit are wretched hives of scum and villainy but the RVA Reddit is a pretty decent hang. Sometimes the users break news well ahead of your mainstream sources. The latest example of this fast-breaking news is the sale of Ipanema. Reddit user u/RVAFOOD posted this thread two days ago saying the basement vegetarian restaurant had been sold. Admittedly the thread was extremely light on information but still pretty cool.

Richmond BizSense has the full details here:

Kendra Feather opened Ipanema in 1998 in a space that was formerly Bidder’s Suite. Feather has since added to her portfolio Garnett’s Cafe, The Roosevelt and Laura Lee’s. She was a co-founder of WPA Bakery before selling her stake in 2016. She was not available for comment at press time.

The deal, brokered by Nathan Hughes of Sperity Real Estate Ventures, closed last week. Terms were not disclosed.

Campbell, 24, said discussions on the sale began in May, shortly after he graduated with degrees in sociology and psychology. He said he’s worked at a distillery and as a bartender in the past, and he jumped at the opportunity after seeing Ipanema was for sale.

Fear, not my vegetarian friends according to the article there are no immediate plans to change the menu.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Gird Your Loins it’s Time to Shiver in the River

The event isn’t limited to jumping in the James, there’s a clean-up, a 5K, music, beer, music and more.

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The 6th Annual Shiver in the River 5k is hitting the James River this weekend, Saturday, February 29th at Tredegar. You can clean up, walk/run, or jump in the James River — or do all three. There is a lot going on and you can pick and choose what you’d like to do. All these events are to benefit Keep Virginia Beautiful.

It kicks off, picks off?, at 10:00 a.m. with a Community Cleanup along the banks of the James River.

A couple of hours later at noon the 5k walk/run runs a loop that starts and ends at Historic Tredegar, taking in the beauty of the James River.

The main event dips in at 1:30, The James River Leap. This fundraising Leap will take place along the chilly banks of the James near Historic Tredegar.  A minimum of $75 must be raised to participate in the Leap and to receive a commemorative long-sleeve T-shirt.  Must be 13 years or older to participate in the Leap.

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Don’t feel like getting wet? Well, join your fellow sane folks at the Winter Festival from 11 AM to 4 PM for a free event that offers music, beverages, food, heated tents, and, more.

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Op-ed proposes the removal of “forgotten” A.P. Hill monument at Laburnum and Hermitage

“With so many battles raging, it is curious that one Confederate general and the monument dedicated to him remain relatively forgotten on the sideline, standing at an intersection not far from Monument Avenue and its pantheon of controversial figures,” the op-ed says.

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From Style Weekly:

Linwood Holton Elementary School, at Hermitage Road and Laburnum Avenue, is named for one of our own 20th century civil rights heroes, who as governor of Virginia championed racial equality. The children who attend the school learn that they are a big part of Linwood Holton’s legacy.

Those same children who attend the school might very well wonder, though, “Who is that man whose statue is standing out there in the middle of the intersection?”

That would be A.P. Hill: the forgotten Confederate general and his monument.

Battles are being fought over Confederate monuments, here in Richmond on Monument Avenue of course, and at so many other sites around the country. Calls for memory and heritage clash with cries for truth and reconciliation. Words take on their own meaning and people take sides, with the monuments in the middle.

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Curb “bump-outs” being installed along Grove Avenue in the Museum District to mitigate speeding issues

Traffic calming measures are coming to the Museum District after recent data indicated a high rate of incidents of speeding in the neighborhood.

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Traffic calming measures are coming to the Museum District after recent data indicated a high rate of incidents of speeding in the neighborhood.

According to the Museum District Association, raised crosswalks (or speed tables) and curb “bump-outs” are being installed along Grove Avenue between Belmont and Nansemond, as well as the intersections of Grove and Crenshaw and Grove and Auburn.

The bump-outs will protect pedestrians as they cross the street, enabling safer passage within the neighborhood.

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