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Fat Kid Sandwiches announces residency at Hatch Local food hall

The food hall will span the two bottom floors of the project and Hatch will focus on showcasing Richmond’s diverse local food vendors. There will be six residency concepts with an additional rotating Hatch Chef in residency concept.

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Pop-up sandwich outfit Fat Kid Sandwiches has announced their residency at Hatch Kitchen’s newest project, Hatch Local.

Hatch Local is a new food hall hosted by The Current, a Lynx Venture development. The food hall will span the two bottom floors of the project and Hatch will focus on showcasing Richmond’s diverse local food vendors. There will be six residency concepts with an additional rotating Hatch Chef in residency concept.

“We’re really excited to be able to work with Fat Kid Sandwiches in another capacity. We’re stoked to have them working out of Hatch Cafe and we’re excited to continue this relationship into Hatch Local,” said Shannon Conway, Vice President of Operations at Hatch.

Already announced vendors include Sincero, authentic Mexican cuisine by Alex Bobadilla and Karen Negvesky, and Chef Mike Lindsey’s Buttermilk & Honey, offering award winning chicken sandwiches.

“Working at Hatch Kitchen, and especially our residency at Hatch Cafe, has given us the opportunity to meet many of the other vendors in the food hall. I’m excited to be part of such a great group,” said Jon Martin, partner and chef.

Liz Clifford, partner and chef, is no stranger to food halls. “Having spent three years working in the Union Market food hall in DC with Buffalo & Bergen, I jumped at the chance to be part of a similar project in Richmond. This should be a great opportunity for our business, of course, but I think it’s also a great thing for the Richmond food scene in general after such a difficult year.”

The food hall is slated to open in June. The remaining 3 vendor residencies have yet to be announced. Gift cards are available for purchase for Hatch Local in anticipation of their grand opening. You can purchase gift cards by visiting hatchlocalfoodhall.com.

Hatch Cafe will be located at 400 Hull Street, Richmond, Virginia 23224.

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Abuelita’s Giving Away Food After Winning CBS6 College Basketball Contest

Baylor’s win in that big basketball tournament means you win as well.

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Great news for my favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. Details from CBS6.

Baylor’s win meant Abuelita’s won the CBS 6 We’re Open Tournament, sponsored by Maebird Marketing. CBS 6 randomly paired 16 Richmond-area restaurants with the teams playing in the Sweet 16. As each team won on the basketball court, the restaurant advanced.

Prior to the Final Four, Abuelita’s owner Karina Benavides said if Baylor won, she’d use the $1,500 grand prize to thank loyal customers who’ve helped the restaurant stay open during the pandemic.

“It’s just been fun. I love interacting with people on social media. I think this is a really fun activity for Richmond, especially for the restaurants,” she said in an interview with CBS 6 earlier this month. “I’m very excited to give something back to our customers. And they’re helping us to do that.”

Follow Abuelita’s on Instagram to see the rest of the deals this week. Thursday is looking pretty good as they’re upgrading chicos to grandes.

If you haven’t been to Abuelita’s check out this review on Richmond.com and then go. No matter what you order you can’t go wrong, I speak from experience.

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Mediterranean restaurant taking over former Urban Farmhouse spot in Scott’s Addition

The vacant space at 3031 Norfolk Street is being renovated for a planned July open date.

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From Richmond BizSense:

One of the more prominent restaurant spaces in Scott’s Addition left vacant due to the pandemic has been snapped up by a pair of local industry veterans.

John Reynolds and Steve DeRaffele are preparing to open Pinky’s, a full-service Mediterranean restaurant in the former Urban Farmhouse space at 3031 Norfolk St.

Pinky’s menu will take influences from the entire Mediterranean region, while the restaurant’s name is a nod to DeRaffele’s late mother whose nickname was Pinky.

“I learned how to cook from her and want to make the kind of stuff I learned to make at home,” DeRaffele said. “Now I can bring people into our space and cook for them like I would if they were at my house.”

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Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar & Cafe Opening Monday, April 5th at the Valentine Museum

Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar & Cafe was the winner of The Main Course: A Valentine Museum Restaurant Competition held in partnership with the Metropolitan Business League, the Valentine Museum, Richmond Black Restaurant Experience, and Hatch Kitchen RVA.

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The Metropolitan Business League in partnership with the Valentine Museum, the Richmond Black Restaurant Experience and Hatch Kitchen RVA is excited to announce the Grand Opening of the 2nd location of Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar & Cafe, winner of The Main Course: A Valentine Museum Restaurant Competition, Monday, April 5th from 8am to 4pm at the Valentine Museum.

As the grand prize winner, Brandi was selected to be the next food vendor and restaurant tenant in the Valentine Museum and her first 2 years in the space will be rent free! “The Valentine is excited to collaborate with our friends at the Metropolitan Business League to host this region-wide competition. Working with fantastic partners like the MBL to offer opportunities and experiences like this to the Richmond community is an integral part of our mission. We are committed to supporting new businesses in Richmond and creating new opportunities downtown,”  says Valentine Museum Director, Bill Martin.

“I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to serve our downtown community with healthy meal options at the Valentine Museum. I look forward to spoiling my daily and catering customers with cold pressed juice, breakfast and lunch,” says Brandi Brown, owner of Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar & Cafe.  A private ribbon cutting ceremony will be held and the general public will be welcomed Monday, April 5th from 8am to 4pm to purchase their cold pressed juice, breakfast and lunch from this downtown location.

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