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Sugar Shack Donuts closes Parham Road store as company continues to downsize

The outpost near Regency Square has been in business for about five years.

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The Sugar Shack Donuts location at 1501 N. Parham Road has closed down after about five years in business.

Its building, located in an outparcel of the Ridge Shopping Center, was recently listed as available for lease by NoVa-based Rosenthal Properties, and the Parham store is no longer listed on Sugar Shack’s website.

Sugar Shack owner Ian Kelley was not available for comment by press time.

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Charlottesville-based Grit Coffee opens first Richmond location at Libbie and Grove

Drawing on a love of coffee as well as cooking, Grit takes a culinary approach to roasting. As would a chef, Grit’s Director of Coffee, Travis Mason, views the quality and freshness of the ingredients as paramount.

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Amid an incredibly difficult year for the restaurant industry, Grit Coffee, the Charlottesville-based coffee shop and brand, opened its first Richmond location in the Libbie-Grove corridor this past Thursday.

In what was previously a Sweet Frog at 409 Libbie Avenue, Grit Coffee opened with options for carry-out and online ordering of coffee drinks, ground, and whole bean coffee, as well as pastries from Pearl’s Bake Shoppe. Owners say they hope to provide an approachable, relaxing environment to enjoy a good cup of coffee – especially after the nearby Starbucks on the corridor closed its doors.

Founded in 2008, Grit currently has five locations in Charlottesville, a thriving wholesale network through the state, and a coffee subscription service that has taken off since March.

Drawing on a love of coffee as well as cooking, Grit takes a culinary approach to roasting. As would a chef, Grit’s Director of Coffee, Travis Mason, views the quality and freshness of the ingredients as paramount. But equally important – and often overlooked in coffee – is the roasting, akin to how a chef might cook his ingredients to coax out the inherent and unique characteristics of each coffee.

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Ghost kitchen launches latest concept, Victory Garden, featuring creative salads with local ingredients

For Victory Garden, expect a focus on hearty, “designer” salads as the two put it, made from fresh and local ingredients. Customers can choose from several pre-designed salads, or custom-build their own salad creations.

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Victory Garden, the latest concept from Liz Clifford and Jon Martin of Dunharrow Concepts – Richmond’s first ghost kitchen – launched this month, focusing on fresh salads made with local ingredients.

Victory Garden is the third concept from the duo, previously opening Garden Party, a vegan and vegetarian concept, and Fat Kid Sandwiches, a sandwich concept featuring overstuffed and indulgent subs.

For Victory Garden, expect a focus on hearty, “designer” salads as the two put it, made from fresh and local ingredients. Customers can choose from several pre-designed salads, or custom-build their own salad creations. Victory Garden is open for deliveries Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 – 9:00 PM.

Dunharrow Concepts is a ghost kitchen based out of Hatch Kitchen RVA, a food and beverage incubator and commercial kitchen located at Clopton Siteworks. They have partnered with UberEats, Grubhub, and local Richmond delivery service, ChopChop.

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Caturra on Grove closes doors of Libbie & Grove restaurant

It’s yet another COVID-related closure in a week that’s been full of them, and in a stretch of retail corridor that’s also seen others vacate as of late.

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A West End restaurant is among the latest coronavirus business casualties.

Caturra on Grove at 5811 Grove Ave. has permanently closed. Owner Rob Slotnick said the restaurant couldn’t find a way forward in the new business landscape the pandemic created.

“Going into COVID, business was OK. But it wasn’t great,” Slotnick said. “I felt I’d have to completely rebrand to have a shot (and) I felt that wouldn’t be a good investment at this time.”

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