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Richmond Black Restaurant Experience is Back this Week

Forty restaurants throughout the city are participating this year.

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Richmond Black Restaurant Experience is your chance to get out there and support a local black-owned restaurant. Don’t see a favorite restaurant of yours on the list? Some restaurants choose not to participate. The reason varies but in the past, some restaurants have been overwhelmed by the attention and not been able to provide the level of service they strive to provide. If you attend one of these restaurants be patient if they are a little slower than normal or sold out. This event is about support not judging.

How do I participate?

1st: Plan out the restaurants you want to visit during RBRE. Of course, earlier in the week and off peak hours helps! Visit the EAT section of the website & click on the restaurant logos to check out the websites.

2nd: Have a meeting or an organization that needs catering? Go ahead and set that up now!

3rd: When using the delivery apps, look for a participating restaurants when ordering!

4th: Pack your patience! If you’re in a rush or on a schedule this may not be the week for you to visit. We all know the restaurant industry has taken a hit so please have patience with our people.

You can check out all the restaurants here.

The Richmond Black Restaurant Experience began as a celebratory week dedicated to supporting Richmond’s growing black culinary industry and tourism scene. It aims to counter economic disparity within Minority Owned businesses with interactive solutions that engage a deeper understanding of Richmond and its food culture.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

From 2017 – 2021, RBRE’s Marketing Campaign yielded + $1.7M in revenue for its participating network. As a results of the increased visibility and business growth, the organization of business owners have renovated their storefronts, upgrade technology, back office infrastructure, hire and train staff, and expanded their brick & mortar locations.

PHILANTHROPY & SERVICE

In our ongoing effort to assist in the sustainability of our RBRE participants, we’ve re-launched our 365 Giving campaign. We presented each of our brick & mortar business owners a $1000 grant during the summer of 2020 and $500 to each food truck operator and caterer, in December of 2020.

We have raised $20,000 over the past 4 years, RBRE select a local nonprofit as a direct benefactor to proceeds we earn though out the week. Those nonprofits have created community gardens, food resources to residents in the city who live in food insecure areas and scholarships to RPS students. For 2021, we want to offer a direct give to our network. The pandemic continues to impact our culinary community. It’s imperative that patrons continue to support, order, and encourage these establishments. We have waived all participation fees to past participants.

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The Dairy Bar in Scott’s Addition closes after 76 years; Tang & Biscuit to take over with new concept

After over 76 years in business, The Dairy Bar has closed its doors in Scott’s Addition, but new life is planned for the space.

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After over 76 years in business, The Dairy Bar has closed its doors in Scott’s Addition, but new life is planned for the space. The restaurant, which opened in 1946 as The Curles Neck Place (when owned by Curles Neck Dairy) and was renamed The Dairy Bar in the 1980s, was a mainstay in the constantly-changing neighborhood. It ultimately succumbed to the COVID-19 pandemic and inflation, according to a post by owner Corey Martin, who purchased the business from longtime owners Bill and Tricia Webb in 2020:

To our valued patrons:

It is with heavy heart that the Dairy Bar has shut down. It has been somewhat of a Richmond Landmark since 1946. COVID placed a heavy hit on the Dairy Bar and once reopening was allowed the decline in sales along with increase in wages as well as food costs proved to be all but impossible to show a profit for a business with such tight margins. Once we were made aware that the former Landlord had sold the property we were pleased to find that the new buyers were literally business people from Scotts Addition neighborhood [sic]. They worked with us to allow an amicable and smooth transition. We so appreciate having the opportunity of meeting so many wonderful and colorful people both the patrons as well as our dedicated employees

The new owner Martin was speaking of is Stanley Shield Partnership, which bought the building and adjacent properties totaling 1.5 acres earlier this year for $7 million, according to Richmond BizSense. While there are currently no known plans to redevelop the property, the firm has developed nearby mixed-use projects including The Scout on Myers Street.

Neighboring shuffleboard bar Tang & Biscuit, which opened in 2018, announced today it will be taking over the space and plans to create a breakfast and lunch spot with a “funky diner feel” called Biscuits & Gravy.

No word yet on when renovations will take place or when the space will open.

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Drink Beer and Help Friends of James River Parks

Raging James Pilsner is the latest release from Legend Brewing and a portion of each sale will got to Friends of James River Park.

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Friends of James River Park announced their latest partnership today and it’s tasty.

Legend Brewing Company is the oldest operating craft brewery in Virginia. As their Vice President of Operations, Dave Gott, told us, “It’s important that you be a part of the community – not just IN the community.” Legend has hosted our board meetings and annual get-togethers. On any given weekend (and often any given day) their parking lot is full of cars carrying kayaks and bicycles, and their patio is crowded with people who have spent the day enjoying the James River Park System.

Given their proximity to the James River and our Park, we were elated when they floated the idea of creating a special beer for our organization. Raging James Pilsner is their newest release, and a portion of the sale of each can will help us continue our efforts. Legend has supported Richmond for almost 30 years, and as we approach 50 years of commitment to the Park, we’re honored to partner with them on this.

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Q Rooftop at Quirk Hotel is Back

Have an urge to drink on a roof and not get yelled at by your roommates for dancing on the roof? Head downtown instead.

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The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here, Q Rooftop, the beloved cocktail lounge in the heart of Richmond’s Art District, is open again. Stop by with friends or family and enjoy breathtaking views, a creatively curated menu of drinks and seasonal dishes.

Located on the top floor of Quirk Hotel Richmond, the elevated cocktail bar and lounge offers hand-crafted drinks made with local, seasonal ingredients and fresh juices. It also offers a wide selection of craft beers from Virginia microbreweries and well-regarded, but largely unknown local wineries.

While visiting, explore the unique menu created by Chef Eduardo Silva from HUEYA, a seasonal pop-up available Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Start with “Esparragos a la Parilla” made with grilled asparagus, salsa macha, jocoque, kosho oil and one of Chef Silva’s favorite dishes from his childhood.
  • Feast on “Barbacoa de Codero” made with adobo braise lamb shank, salsa boracha, cilanto oil on corn tortillas.
  • End your evening with “Bayas en Crema” made with mascerated berries, whipped citrus yogurt and tajin.

Q Rooftop is open daily from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information and to make a reservation visit https://www.quirkhotels.com/hotels/richmond/dining-richmond-va/q-rooftop-bar.

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