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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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Laura Lee’s is Now Open for Dine-in Service

Laura Lee’s has a plan to keep you, their employees safe and get you a great meal.

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Great news from our friends at Laura Lee’s (3410 Semmes Avenue).

Laura Lee’s is now open for dine-in and take-out daily from 5-10 PM:

We offer a mix of outdoor seating and tables adjacent to our open garage door at the front of the dining room. Our online reservations system does not differentiate between the two – we will do our best to offer your preferred table at arrival, but there are no guarantees. If you would like to specifically reserve either an indoor table or an outdoor table, please call us at (804)233-9672.

Please note that all guests are required to wear a mask or face covering.

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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting Naked Onion Permanently Closed

The take-out sandwich spot has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

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Richmond BizSense.com has the news of another restaurant feeling the sting of Covid-19.

“We have decided to permanently close. With COVID, and giving birth to our second child in May, we just don’t feel comfortable with the daily risk, nor do we feel it responsible to put our staff at risk,” the Comstocks said in a message to BizSense via Facebook.

The Comstocks said they’re not sure what their next move might be. Both are chefs who had prior experience in the culinary scenes in Las Vegas and Richmond before opening The Naked Onion.

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Fuzzy Cactus has reopened, offering family meals, cocktails to go

Get your to-go fried chicken, sandwiches, family meals, and cocktails from this Brookland Park favorite.

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The Fuzzy Cactus, the space I very affectionately refer to as the “Sticky Rice of the Northside,” has reopened for curbside to-go and bulk family meals, the Brookland Park restaurant announced.

The full menu, which includes the restaurant’s fried chicken, sandwiches, and other shareables, follows below.

Fuzzy Cactus is located at 221 Brookland Park Boulevard. Order online here.

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