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Chefs Rachel Best and Ben Watter to Open New Restaurant in Greater Fulton

You can expect a global comfort food concept with shared plates in a beautifully renovated schoolhouse.

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We don’t get much news about the Fulton area so when this press release about Blue Atlas came into our inbox piqued our interest. The credentials of the two chefs involved are nothing to sneeze at either.

Chefs Rachel Best and Ben Watters are opening a new restaurant in Schoolhouse at Artisan Hill, the newly-renovated former schoolhouse in Greater Fulton. The restaurant, Blue Atlas, will feature a clean, global comfort food concept, with shared plates and a fun, welcoming dining experience.

Best has most recently served as the R&D Chef at Ellwood Thompsons, and Sous Chef at Secco Wine Bar and Restaurant, in addition to operating her own catering company. She is a Richmond native, but started her restaurant career in Boulder, Co., where she was Executive Chef at Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant. Best graduated with honors from the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder.

Watters was most recently with LeMaire at The Jefferson, and previously Executive Chef at Aloi, and Sous Chef at Brenner Pass and 24 Carrot Bistro in Erie, CO.

Best and Watters each have extensive experience with a variety of cuisines, fine dining, and impeccable catering. Blue Atlas will have an intimate dining room featuring a large bank of mullioned windows, in addition to outdoor service on the large portico ~ both overlooking sunset views of the City. The restaurant is set to open in May.

They will also open Blue Atlas Market, right across the hall from the restaurant. The community market will offer quick-service breakfast and lunch, along with a full-service coffee bar, grab-and-go meals, and market essentials.

Catering will still play a big part in their offerings. They will be the on-site catering team for the rental event spaces in Schoolhouse at Artisan Hill, and have plans to expand to offsite catering, from boxed lunches to large events and weddings.

Get updates at SchoolhouseatArtisanHill.com.

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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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Protests turn violent in Downtown Richmond Friday night

Hundreds took to the street to protest the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer in Minneapolis. A police cruiser and Pulse bus were torched, and several shots rang out into the air overnight.

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Hundreds of people protesting the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed earlier this week by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, took to the streets of Downtown Richmond last night to make their voices heard.

While the protests started off peacefully, things quickly took a turn. Around 10:45 PM Friday, a Facebook Live stream showed WWBT/NBC12 reporter Karina Bolster, who was reporting from the scene, struck in the head by a protester chanting “stop recording” using a water bottle. Her phone was also tossed to the street. Bolster, clearly shaken, did not stop recording and continued reporting through tears as she came to terms with what just happened.

As the night progressed, protesters set a dumpster on fire and later marched to Richmond Police headquarters at 200 W. Grace Street and surrounded the building. Richmond officers were joined by State Police and backup requested from surrounding localities to protect the building and officers inside. Nearby, a police cruiser was torched.

Into the early morning hours of Saturday, a GRTC Pulse bus was also set ablaze, the shell of which remained near the corner of W. Broad Street and Belvidere Street as dawn broke.

Several arrests were made overnight, but Richmond Police has yet to confirm a number.

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PHOTOS & VIDEO: Dominion Energy Headquarters is imploded in Downtown Richmond

This morning’s implosion seemed to go off without any issues.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels looking to recognize community all-stars making a difference during pandemic

The Squirrels are partnering with Elephant Insurance to recognize individuals in the area making a positive difference.

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The Richmond Flying Squirrels and Elephant Insurance have launched the Community All-Star of the Week program, and they are turning to fans for help in finding nominees. The Flying Squirrels want to recognize members of the local community, such as healthcare workers, first responders, and teachers, helping to ease the impacts of COVID-19.

The program is open to nominations of anyone who is making a positive impact around the greater-Richmond community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominations can be submitted here.

“While there is no action on the field at the moment, there are plenty of All-Stars working in our community keeping us safe and healthy,” Flying Squirrels VP & COO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “We appreciate Elephant Insurance joining in our program to showcase these Community All-Stars with this great program. Stay positive and we hope to be back together soon physically. In the meantime, we will continue to do all we can to bring our fans and community together any way we possibly can.”

“We really value our partnership with the Flying Squirrels and we are proud to support the team’s efforts to recognize our local heroes and support local businesses during this time,” said Alberto Schiavon, CEO of Elephant Insurance.  “This is a fun way that we can work together to give back to deserving community members and we’re looking forward to the weeks ahead.” 

The selected Community All-Stars will be recognized across the Flying Squirrels’ social media channels, and they will be presented with a gift card to a local restaurant as well as a Flying Squirrels prize pack.

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