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New socially-distant, BBQ-focused food tour experience launches

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.

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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.

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Short Pump Town Center seeks open container ABC license

Soon you might be able to sip and shop at the Far West End mall.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Short Pump Town Center wants to allow people to walk around the mall with alcoholic beverages open and in hand.

The Henrico County mall recently filed a request with the Virginia ABC for one of the alcohol control agency’s commercial lifestyle center licenses, which would allow Short Pump’s visitors to consume alcoholic beverages in the mall’s common areas. The mall hopes to offer the perk no later than spring 2023.

“In short, it is similar to an ‘open container’ license and will allow visitors over the age of 21 to take their purchased alcoholic beverages (bought at one of our tenant restaurants) out with them while they shop,” said a spokeswoman for Brookfield Properties, the New York firm that co-owns the mall.

The company offers similar open-container programs at other properties in its portfolio.

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Richmond BizSense Reporting Goatcado Moving into Forest Hill Avenue Spot

There is no timeline for when the Goatcado will be up and running.

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In the spot that held a fish market, Dixie Chicken then Happy Empanada there will be a new eatery. Goatcado will be setting up. The three store strip is currently home to Current Culture Fly a shop focused on fly-fishing.

From Richmond BizSense

The fast-casual eatery is planning to open an outpost in the strip center at 1205 Westover Hills Blvd., while keeping its existing West Main Street location in the Fan.

Its 3,800-square-foot Southside storefront will be next to Current Culture Fly, a fly fishing shop that opened earlier this year.

Goatocado owner Ian Newell said he’s taking over the remaining two suites in the center: one going to Goatocado and the other for a to-be-determined concept.

“Goatocado is still doing well. I think it’s a solid model, it’s a good offering for both locations – fast-casual, kind of health food,” Newell said, adding that the menu at the Southside location will be similar to that of the Fan location.

Goatcado has one other brick and mortar spot on West Main Street in the Fan. Goatcado started as a food cart (still in operation) and serves up veggie focused bowls and wraps. Most of which is grown on their own farm. You can check out the menu here.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Mural Fest, Oktoberfest, Mystic Markets 90’s Halloween, Spooktoberfest Makers Market

It’s starting to get spooky out there and our beer choices reflect that ominous mood.

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GO DO THIS

Three Notch’d Mural Fest
September 30th

This event was supposed to happen this summer but now it’s a fall event. Yay fall, yay murals, yay beer.

‘Leave Your Mark’ Mural Fest WEATHER UPDATE:
Due to the impending storm, we have unfortunately been forced to condense this weekend’s planned event into a one-day celebration of the Richmond Art Community.
We invite you to join us for our now UPGRADED #artoberVA kickoff event on Friday, which will include a Meet & Greet with our muralists, the release AND toast of ‘Stipple’ Mixed Fruit Sour,’ our collaborative beer w/ Art on Wheels & CultureWorks Richmond , and live music from Richmond local artist Musiqreiv!
Please see our Facebook event (Leave Your Mark Mural Fest) for more specific times as we determine them — let’s make the most of this situation and come together for an unforgettable night!

Hardywood Oktoberfest 2022 West Creek
October 1st

Oktoberfest goes on forever. Another one going down at West Creek.

Dust off your lederhosen and grab a feather for your hat, Oktoberfest is here!
Expect a fun day with some of your favorite Hardywood Oktoberfest traditions including:
🇩🇪 Cask tapping to kick off the day
🇩🇪 Plenty of beer including Benny & The Fest & more!
🇩🇪 Brats from Tyler’s Big Fat Meat Truck (Autumn Olive Farms) + other festive German fare from local food trucks 1115 Mobile Kitchen + Curry in a Hurry + Jiji Frozen Custard
🇩🇪 Stein holding contest with Goochland Cares
🇩🇪 Polka tunes from the Sauerkrauts, plus music from Herb & Hanson + Seth Winters + Justin Trawick & The Common Good
Limited amounts of exclusive 2022 steins will be available for purchase.
This is a fun and free all day event. Spread out on the lawn in West Creek and enjoy Oktoberfest with us!

Mystic Markets 90’s Halloween at Strangeways
September 30th

It’s either Oktoberfest themed or Halloween themed. There are no other options.

Join us for another Mystic Markets at Strangeways! 🍻
90’s theme costume contest!👻
Live music by Waking Napster!🔊
Local Vendors, Food, & Brew!!
So mark your calendars, wear your best 90’s themed costumes, and we will see you there!

Spooktoberfest Richmond Makers Market at Basic City Brewing
September 30th

Halloween or Oktoberfest like I said.

Unique finds, jewelry, and functional art.
Stickers, pins, magnets, and cutesy things.
Dog treats, and toys and collars and DOG COSTUME CONTEST.
Candles, crystals, and tarot readings.
‘gram worthy specials from Basic City Beer, Billy Pie, and Auntie Ning’s including queer beer in your choice of spooky colors.
Aergase Art
Angry Black Gxrl Art
Beer Money
bud and thorn
dagnabit
Daniela Noel Collections LLC
Dayum Jam RVA
Griot Goods
I Wear Blue Tights
Katastrophic Creations
KitColorShow
L’Essentials LLC
Merrin Winkel Art
Midnight Thicket
O Wisteria
Pretties + Papers
Pretty On the Inside Candles
Project CommuniTEA
RamsGirl Design
Ryan Myers Prints
Sarah Rebecca Crafts
Sassy Hound
Silver Bramble Jewelry
Sollie Stitches
SummerBeeClay
TGI Studio LLC
The Asylum
The Curio Fairy
The Queen of Arts~Curiosities by Adrienne
TheCBKShop
ThePrplePumpkin
Throws like a Girl
Twisted Spinnerz
Witching Flower

BEER NEWS

Not local news but important Wold Cup news for all my footie fans out there.

DC Council approves measure allowing bars to stay open 24 hours during World Cup – WTOP

D.C. Council passed an emergency measure to allow bars, restaurants and breweries in the District to stay open 24 hours a day during the World Cup, which will take place from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18 in Qatar.

Places that sell alcohol normally would close at 2 a.m. on weekdays and at 3 a.m. on weekends.

Now they will be able to sell booze until 4 a.m. and remain open 24 hours, but they would have to pause their alcohol service between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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