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Nota Bene Market and Dutch & Co. Closing for Good

Note Bene joined Dutch and Company in making a closing announcement last night.

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The announcement of a Shockoe favorite, Nota Bene was made on Facebook last night.

It is with a heavy heart and shaky hands that I type this out. This Sunday will be Nota Bene’s last service. We truly appreciate everything Richmond has done for us over the past 5 years. It has been one hell of a ride. We can’t thank you enough for sticking it out with us as we transitioned from sit down restaurant to our current market concept. It’s been a tough year for all restaurants. Please make sure to support those that are still standing. ❤️

With that being said we are running specials and our current menu until we sell out. Our hours for the next couple day’s will be:

  • 4-7:30 (Today 12/10 & Friday 12/11)
  • 11:30-7:30 (Saturday 12/12)
  • 11:30-4 (Sunday 12/13)

We’d love to see you one last time. Order online or in person. If you have a gift card please use it now!

Next week we will be listing all other in-store items on our website for purchase. (No food service here).

We love you so much Richmond. Thank you for everything.

More bad news from Church Hill as Dutch & Co. made a similar announcement.

A farewell to Dutch & Company

Wise chef once said, “ If it was easy everyone would do it.”

It took us 5 months to conceptualize and build you. Young adults putting into motion their vision of dining out with the community. Inspiration and passion so deep that you don’t realize the long hours that go by as you work relentlessly to bring life into the walls you have built. We didn’t have a lot of money, so we pieced you together with recycled goods and the hard work of creative crafty people. The banquet and sugar caddies from church pews, that a church was getting rid of. The bar from old and busted pallets behind a local hardware store, and hand me down chairs. We worked with what we had, but in doing so you developed your own style and independence, and since you were into recycling we gave you cork flooring and compressed recycled paper as table tops. Ever the old soul with your vintage amber lighting, antique mirrors, and classic Richmond pressed tin ceiling, from day one it felt like you had been around for years.

Dutch & Company, named after Michelle’s family heritage and the company of the people that would work and dine with you.

We envisioned you as a casual neighborhood restaurant, a place where guests would feel comfortable to eat and drink at a reasonable price. But our ambitions were always at battle with your natural quaintness and eventually, you landed somewhere between high-end and casual dining. Your entire menu changed with the seasons, and over your eight-year span, you evolved 32 times showcasing a piece of every talented employee that had ever left an impression on you. The only exception was one dish “the perfect egg”. Which somehow perfectly exemplified your contradictory character, simple yet complex, refined yet homely.

In your prime you exceeded expectations by winning multiple local and national awards, confident yet reserved, preferring to stay out of the limelight and focus on the relationships you had built with every guest, employee and supplier. Who was a constant reminder that it takes many talented and dedicated individuals to make a restaurant successful.

The last couple years you seemed to have found your place in the world, though we still tried to occasionally push our ambitions upon you, we began to check ourselves more often and focus on executing the more simple approach. Simple food is not easy, I think of it like the difference between playing heavy metal to a large audience vs being a solo acoustic guitarist in front of a small crowd. If you miss a note in playing both it’s more noticeable in the latter. Our attention to technique had to be more precise, though we no longer felt the need to compete for status and it allowed you to truly shine in your new form. With this new approach we began to see how you could become a long standing staple in the community.

Serving guests, training employees and forging relationships for many more years to come. But as reflected on the faces of so many who have lost or who are struggling, the world changed in 2020. We attempted to adapt, but each attempt felt less like you, and the numbers never quite added up. I was unaware how heavy the day to day unknown could be. I consider us fortunate though that we were able to let go when we did, and like spring will come again bringing new life, so too will another restaurant come and bring new life to that little corner spot that you once inhabited and hopefully they will be better adapted to the changes.

We may feel that you ended before your time, but we are thankful for the time we had. Through it all, we gave you our all, and what you gave in return to everyone who walked through your doors will carry on through the lessons we learned from you, the standards as a community we achieved with you and every memory and smile we all shared within your walls.

Small businesses in a way can form characters of their own, formed by the many beautiful people within the city it is in, who help to build and keep it going for so many years. Over time it can become a representation of the people within the city, rather than the people who own it. They make cities interesting by adding diversity and we as consumers hold the ability to protect them and carry them through these tough times. If you are able please find ways to support your local businesses and thank you to each and everyone of you who carried us through the years.

Love,
Caleb & Michelle Shriver

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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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June Richmond Greek Festival Canceled

Although the June festival is canceled they are working on another version so stay tuned.

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Bad news for lovers of the annual Greek Festival which is around 30k of y’all. The following was posted on their Facebook page and website.

Due to the ongoing COVID Pandemic, the Richmond Greek Festival scheduled for June 3-6, 2021 has been canceled. We begin preparations for our Festival months in advance and with the current health climate, we are unable to do that while adhering to health and safety regulations.

However, we’re not giving up just yet– we’re exploring options to bring you a version of the Richmond Greek Festival you know and love later this year. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for updates.

We wish our friends, family, and the Richmond community good health and safety during this time.

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Richmond BizSense.com Reporting Chipotle and 36 townhomes Planned for Stratford Hills

The planned development would go into the area around the former tattoo shop near Publix and Mexico.

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This bit of news comes to us from Richmond BizSense.com:

Harper Associates is planning an expansion of the Shops at Stratford Hills, a retail center the company developed in the early 2000s.

Plans call for a new retail building to be occupied in part by Chipotle, and, if approved by the city, 36 townhomes on a roughly 3-acre plot next door at 6935 Forest Hill Ave.

Most of the land eyed for the townhomes is currently wooded, and the former Lock Stock & Barrel Tattoo building that sits on the site would be razed to make way for a new 6,500-square-foot, drive-thru-ready outparcel.

There is a catch.

In order to move forward with the expansion, Harper is seeking to revise the conditional use permit it was granted from the city when initially developing the center. Its application was filed with the city last month.

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Friends of Bryan Park starting restoration on well-known Azalea Garden pond

The centerpiece of Bryan Park will soon be restored to its former glory thanks to several local groups.

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From Friends of Bryan Park and GrowRVA:

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