RVA BBQ Tours has created a unique experience that is the first of its kind in the nation. The startup offers the only socially distant food tour focused exclusively on barbecue.
The tours allow attendees to travel in their own cars, led by a guide, and caravan to restaurants across the region. Each stop includes a generous portion of barbecue and sides to sample. A podcast interview with the restaurant’s pitmaster can be downloaded to listen to during travel time.
The new business is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Greg Hofbauer and Ryan Martin. The duo met through a mutual friend and shared a passion for Richmond’s food scene. They had been working on launching this project since last year and adjusted the concept when the pandemic began.
“It’s important for people to feel comfortable and safe and this tour provides them with that option as it follows COVID-19 guidelines,” Martin said. “Everyone is looking for a special experience right now and this tour offers a unique opportunity for families and food lovers.”
Three off-the-beaten-path restaurants are currently featured on the Saturday flagship tour which lasts approximately two and a half hours. Private group tours for parties and corporate outings are also available.
Both Martin and Hofbauer share a background in business ownership. Martin was the founder of Pie restaurant in the fan and Hofbauer runs web design firm Hofbauer Consulting in addition to teaching entrepreneurship for VCU Arts.
“There is definitely a killer barbecue scene in Richmond. We want to put our city on the BBQ map and known as the East Coast Memphis or Kansas City.” Hofbauer said.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.rvabbqtours.com and are priced $59 per adult, $25 per child aged 11-17, and free for children 10 and under.
Abuelita’s Giving Away Food After Winning CBS6 College Basketball Contest
Baylor’s win in that big basketball tournament means you win as well.
Great news for my favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. Details from CBS6.
Baylor’s win meant Abuelita’s won the CBS 6 We’re Open Tournament, sponsored by Maebird Marketing. CBS 6 randomly paired 16 Richmond-area restaurants with the teams playing in the Sweet 16. As each team won on the basketball court, the restaurant advanced.
Prior to the Final Four, Abuelita’s owner Karina Benavides said if Baylor won, she’d use the $1,500 grand prize to thank loyal customers who’ve helped the restaurant stay open during the pandemic.
“It’s just been fun. I love interacting with people on social media. I think this is a really fun activity for Richmond, especially for the restaurants,” she said in an interview with CBS 6 earlier this month. “I’m very excited to give something back to our customers. And they’re helping us to do that.”
Follow Abuelita’s on Instagram to see the rest of the deals this week. Thursday is looking pretty good as they’re upgrading chicos to grandes.
Mediterranean restaurant taking over former Urban Farmhouse spot in Scott’s Addition
The vacant space at 3031 Norfolk Street is being renovated for a planned July open date.
From Richmond BizSense:
One of the more prominent restaurant spaces in Scott’s Addition left vacant due to the pandemic has been snapped up by a pair of local industry veterans.
John Reynolds and Steve DeRaffele are preparing to open Pinky’s, a full-service Mediterranean restaurant in the former Urban Farmhouse space at 3031 Norfolk St.
Pinky’s menu will take influences from the entire Mediterranean region, while the restaurant’s name is a nod to DeRaffele’s late mother whose nickname was Pinky.
“I learned how to cook from her and want to make the kind of stuff I learned to make at home,” DeRaffele said. “Now I can bring people into our space and cook for them like I would if they were at my house.”
Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar & Cafe Opening Monday, April 5th at the Valentine Museum
Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar & Cafe was the winner of The Main Course: A Valentine Museum Restaurant Competition held in partnership with the Metropolitan Business League, the Valentine Museum, Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, and Hatch Kitchen RVA.
The Metropolitan Business League in partnership with the Valentine Museum, the Richmond Black Restaurant Experience and Hatch Kitchen RVA is excited to announce the Grand Opening of the 2nd location of Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar & Cafe, winner of The Main Course: A Valentine Museum Restaurant Competition, Monday, April 5th from 8am to 4pm at the Valentine Museum.
As the grand prize winner, Brandi was selected to be the next food vendor and restaurant tenant in the Valentine Museum and her first 2 years in the space will be rent free! “The Valentine is excited to collaborate with our friends at the Metropolitan Business League to host this region-wide competition. Working with fantastic partners like the MBL to offer opportunities and experiences like this to the Richmond community is an integral part of our mission. We are committed to supporting new businesses in Richmond and creating new opportunities downtown,” says Valentine Museum Director, Bill Martin.
“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to serve our downtown community with healthy meal options at the Valentine Museum. I look forward to spoiling my daily and catering customers with cold pressed juice, breakfast and lunch,” says Brandi Brown, owner of Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar & Cafe. A private ribbon cutting ceremony will be held and the general public will be welcomed Monday, April 5th from 8am to 4pm to purchase their cold pressed juice, breakfast and lunch from this downtown location.