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Richmond BizSense Reporting VCU Will Soon Have Got Dumplings

Dumplings are awesome and I welcome this addition to my mouth.

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I’m a huge fan of dumplings and still mourn Peter Chang’s dumpling place that closed out in Short Pump. This is good news.

Richmond BizSense

Got Dumplings, founded in Charlottesville by sisters Phung Huynh and Kynnie Wong, is preparing to open in the former Deep Run Roadhouse space at 309 N. Laurel St.

The new Richmond location will be the second for Huynh and Wong, who started Got Dumplings in 2011 as a food truck before opening a brick-and-mortar spot for it near the University of Virginia campus.

Huynh also owns Poke Sushi Bowl, a concept she brought from Charlottesville to Richmond with her husband Bo Zhu in 2017. A year later they opened a second Poke location at 933 W. Broad St., just around the corner from Got Dumplings’ future home on Laurel.

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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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Kickers Announce Initial Roster Decisions

The Richmond Kickers announced initial contract decisions for the 2023 season, Wednesday, with three exercised options and four option declines as the club prepares to defend its 2022 USL League One regular-season title.

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The Richmond Kickers announced initial contract decisions for the 2023 season, Wednesday, with three exercised options and four option declines as the club prepares to defend its 2022 USL League One regular-season title.

“We worked very hard over the past few years to develop our culture here in Richmond, and this past season we put together a great run to win the regular season Championship,” Kickers’ Chief Sporting Officer and Head Coach, Darren Sawatzky said. “With that success, we didn’t win the games we needed to in the playoffs.

“We have some great young players chasing higher-level opportunities, and we have some players heading to new opportunities. We are adding some good players and at the same time, we are bringing back the backbone of the culture the guys have created.”

Forwards Matthew Bentley and Owayne Gordon and midfielder Chandler O’Dwyer return to the Roos after their contract options for 2023 were picked up by the club.

Bentley finished his first professional season tied for second on the team with six goals and tied for fifth with three assists while starting 18 of 26 league matches. Gordon, a midseason signing, tied for fourth on the team with five goals while also making three assists in 22 league appearances. O’Dwyer made his professional debut in the Kickers’ second US Open Cup match and finished with three appearances across all competitions.

Reigning back-to-back-to-back USL League One MVP and Golden Boot winner Emiliano Terzaghi and 2022 USL League One Goalkeeper of the Year Nominee and Kickers’ goalkeeping coach Akira Fitzgerald have existing contracts for 2023.

The contract options for midfielders Matthew Bolduc, Leonardo Baima, and Christian Molina and goalkeeper Austin Causey were declined by the club.

The 2023 season will be here before you know it! Kickers fans can get ready now by placing a $100 deposit for a 2023 season ticket. With one additional regular season match and two new opponents joining USL League One, City Stadium will be the place to be. Additional information can be found at richmondkickers.com/seasontickets.

Stay up to date with all of the Kickers news at RichmondKickers.com and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

Rostered Players for 2023 as of December 7, 2022 

GOALKEEPERS: Akira Fitzgerald

DEFENDERS: 

MIDFIELDERS: Chandler O’Dwyer

FORWARDS: Emiliano Terzaghi, Matthew Bentley, Owayne Gordon

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Councilperson Jordan hosting last 2nd District meeting of 2022 tonight

Topics of the virtual meeting include a 2023 General Assembly preview, infrastructure and crime updates, and details on the city’s forthcoming short-term rental and accessory dwelling unit changes.

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From Councilperson Jordan’s office:

Our last Second District community meeting of the year is tonight! Join our office, neighbors, and guest presenters at 6pm via Zoom for:

  • 2023 General Assembly preview from Delegate Betsy Carr
  • Public Safety updates from the Richmond Police Department
  • Second District infrastructure updates from Department of Public Works staff
  • Updates on the short term rentals, accessory dwelling units, and parking minimums zoning changes process from Planning Department staff

You can join the Zoom meeting (no pre-registration required) via this link, and check out and share the Facebook event here.

Not able to make it tonight? Send any questions or comments you have to us ahead of time by email, and we’ll address them during the meeting. A full recording of the meeting will be posted to our YouTube channel.

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Toy Drive at WPA

Buy a treat for yourself and donate a toy for someone else.

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Just saw this on Facebook and thought the good folks of H&H might pitch in to help some kids.

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Hello WPA family! We are hosting a toy drive to support a local non profit @cc4virginia. Grab a treat and drop off a toy into Santa’s bag❤️💚 accepting donations up to 12/20/25
— at WPA Bakery.

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