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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting that Metro Grill is Closed for Good

Metro Grill has turned off its grills for good.

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The pandemic appears to have claimed another restaurant.

Richmond BizSense.com:

Metro Bar & Grill has closed permanently at 301 N. Robinson St. in the Fan. Landlord Jeanne Bridgforth confirmed the closure.

Metro first opened in 1999. Joey McCullough took ownership in 2015 and has run it ever since, including revamping the bar’s menu and adding lunch service.

McCullough, who also owns a pair of local Burgerim franchises, wasn’t available for comment by press time. Bridgforth cited coronavirus as the reason for Metro’s closure.

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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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Westover Hills United Methodist Church’s Bell Will Toll Tonight in Honor of those Lost to Covid-19

VDH reports 785 new cases in and around Richmond (Chesterfield: 314, Henrico: 286, and Richmond: 185). Since this pandemic began, 627 people have died in the Richmond region.

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Ross Catrow in his daily Good Morning RVA had this summary of where we stand with Covid-19.

As of this morning, the Virginia Department of Health reports 7,245 new positive cases of the coronavirus in the Commonwealth and 10 new deaths as a result of the virus. VDH reports 785 new cases in and around Richmond (Chesterfield: 314, Henrico: 286, and Richmond: 185). Since this pandemic began, 627 people have died in the Richmond region. This is a shocking number of new cases—both statewide and locally. On Sunday, VDH reported 9,914 new cases, clearly an all-time high, and almost twice the previous high. In fact, the daily average of new cases over the last three days is 7,972 with no mention of a classic VDH data reporting issue in sight. In fact, the Richmond Times Dispatch’s Sabrina Moreno reports the opposite, that “Health department officials have said that it’s not a data error and is likely due to exposure during the holidays.” The number of new cases, number of people ending up in the hospital, and number of people dying each day is quantitatively worse than this spring, and yet, collectively, we act like we’re living back in June or July. I don’t get it, and I feel gaslit by the folks with the authority to impose restrictions—just like they did last spring—to help save lives.

 

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Results from “Lost Cause” Studio Project Survey Reveal a Richmond Eager to Confront its Past

The survey asked Richmond region residents to share their knowledge about and ongoing impact of the Lost Cause myth, their desire to learn about this complex history and how a transformed Valentine Studio can address community needs.

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From the Valentine.

Today the Valentine released the results of a community survey, conducted in October and November of 2020.

The survey asked Richmond region residents to share their knowledge about and ongoing impact of the Lost Cause myth, their desire to learn about this complex history and how a transformed Valentine Studio (the location on the museum’s campus where sculptor Edward Valentine created many Lost Cause works) can address community needs. More than 1,000 participants, representing a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds, completed the survey.

A diverse team of historians, activists, local leaders, Valentine family members and community members developed the survey. The Valentine also held focus groups to gain a deeper understanding of the variety of opinions about the Lost Cause, the role of cultural institutions in sharing this history and the potential installation of the damaged, paint-covered Jefferson Davis statue, until recently displayed on Monument Avenue, in the space. The results of the survey and the focus groups will inform and guide the project development.

Results included:

A majority of respondents stated that they would like to see the Valentine use the reinterpreted studio to explore the history of power and policies in Jim Crow Richmond, the art and artistic processes that created Lost Cause sculptures and the history of racial oppression in Richmond.

Additionally, 65% of respondents from the Richmond region agreed that museums should acquire the monuments from Monument Avenue and display them with context. For the Valentine specifically, this reinforced our request to the City of Richmond to acquire and display the graffiti-covered Jefferson Davis statue on his back as he fell.

Additionally, focus group participants, moderated by project partner Josh Epperson, felt that using the studio to explore Lost Cause history and connect it to the present would be a valuable use of the space. Focus group participants also affirmed the Valentine’s commitment to continuing its high level of community engagement, which they expected to be critical to the success of the reimagined studio.

You can find additional survey results HERE.

“Based on the survey feedback we received from our fellow Richmonders, we are confident that this is the best next step for this space and for this institution,” said Director Bill Martin. “We look forward to providing a location where Richmonders can learn about the Lost Cause, consider Richmond and the Valentine’s early role in disseminating the damaging Lost Cause myth and ultimately gain a deeper, more nuanced, more empathetic understanding of the region we call home.”

The Valentine will continue to solicit and address community questions, comments or concerns as the Studio Project develops.

On December 31st the Washington Post had an article on the museum taking a closer look at the role that founder of Edward V. Valentine had in the lost cause.

Today, the artist’s studio is closed to visitors at the Richmond museum that bears his family name — the Valentine. But museum director Martin and others see the workshop as the center of what could be a public reckoning with the racist mythology that Valentine’s sculptures helped bring to life.

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Virtual Carter Jones/Fonticello Playground Meeting – Kids Encouraged to Attend

Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.

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Chris Schwartz from the City of Richmond’s Parks, Recreations, and Community Facilities (PRCF) Department will be meeting virtually with community members to discuss and review possible replacement designs of the playground equipment in Carter Jones/Fonticello Park.

The equipment was removed due safety concerns after being vandalized late last year. The replacement equipment once selected and funded will be moved to the New Master plan location to start the Markiya Simone Dickson Imagination Zone. The park master plans will be posted in the comments of the event link.

We are encouraging KIDS ages 5-12 to attend this meeting. Chris says he always gets the best playground feedback from them.

When: Saturday, January 23, 2021 – 10am
Topic: Carter Jones / Fonticello Playground Meeting

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81796890700…
Passcode: 318020

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16465588656,,81796890700#,,,,*318020#
Or Telephone:
US: +1 646 558 8656
Webinar ID: 817 9689 0700
Passcode: 318020

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