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Island Shrimp Co. at Rocketts Landing Opening May 14

We have a river running through our city yet the opportunities to eat/drink with a river view are extremely limited. We’re getting a river viewing spot back in a couple weeks.

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On Saturday, May 14, local restaurant group HOUSEpitality Family will open the second Island Shrimp Co. location at Rocketts Landing.
 
Located next to The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, Island Shrimp Co. offers flavors of the tropics for a city-inspired port-to-plate experience in an artistic seaside environment. The first Island Shrimp Co. location opened in the Chesterfield Towne Center in 2019.
 
“We’re excited to bring ISCo’s signature island vibes to the Rocketts Landing community and show guests what our talented team has created in this new space,” said Paige Healy, Chief Creative Officer of HOUSEpitality Family restaurant group. “Our menu will showcase a mix of new and signature dishes, like the Aloha pineapple boat, alongside fresh and inventive cocktails, all inspired by the tropics.”
 
Menu items will include favorites like garlic shrimp, lumpia and lobster and shrimp fried rice and the drink menu will feature beach-inspired cocktails like the hurricane, painkiller, mojito and the ISCO-original Blue Typhoon. 
 
Designed by Haus of León, the restaurant draws inspiration from travels abroad. Cocktails are reminiscent of relaxing after a day of sailing at Cooper Island Rum Bar in BVI. The ink-dipped blue floor is inspired by the water lines on a boat peeking out above the waves. 
 
The staircase leading to Island Shrimp Co. from the Capitol Trail will be painted with a mural inspired by the North Shore Pipeline by Ben Slay’s art collaborative OCD. As guests climb the stairs, there will be a visual impression of the guest traveling into the barrel of a wave. 
 
Island Shrimp Co. offers an indoor dining area that seats 88, an indoor bar seating for 17 and an outdoor patio that seats 80 and overlooks the James River. The restaurant and bar will be open for dinner service initially with lunch service starting in late May. Guests can visit www.islandshrimpco.com and the restaurant’s social channels for up-to-date hours information. Reservations for the restaurant can be made via OpenTable.
 
Island Shrimp Co. is continuing to hire for several positions, including cooks, servers, bartenders, hosts, dishwashers and support staff. Those interested in applying for a position at the new Island Shrimp Co. can visit www.growwiththefam.com.
 
For more information about Island Shrimp Co, visit www.islandshrimpco.com. For more information about the HOUSEpitality Family, visit www.HOUSEpitalityVA.com.

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Critters of the Week

A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by the Richmond SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Reedy Creek
Common Name: Orange Assassin Bug
Scientific Name: Pselliopus barberi
Length: 1/2 inch

Quick Facts

  • The assassin bugs are also known as bloodsuckers, kissing bugs, or coned nose bugs.
  • There are over 155 assassin bug species, and they are all similar by one specific characteristic, and that is, they are equipped with a pointed, curved mouth known as proboscis, which they use to stab and kill their prey, and also to defend themselves from predators.
  • These insects are highly predatory and spend most of their time hunting.
  • The diet of an orange assassin bug consists of caterpillars, insects, worms, houseflies, and other smaller bugs.

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Essence at Richmond SPCA

Age: 3 years, 1 month
Gender: Spayed Female
Color: Black / White
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 50903579

Hey duuude! My name is Essence and I think it would be totally rad if we became best buds! I am one cool pup with an awesome personality and I know I’d make a great addition to your family. I love playing with stuffed toys but I’m not all fun and games, I’m also a pretty smart gal. I dig treats and already know how to sit and lie down for one. If you’re ready for one far out adventure, you’ve gotta come meet me today!

Adopt Essence at Richmond SPCA

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RVA Big Market Shut Down by Ian

The Saturday Farmers Market in Bryan Park will not be happening this week due to the remnants of Hurricane Ian.

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The Official Statement from Grow RVA.

Per the Governor’s order, the RVA BIG MKT is canceled for Saturday October 1, 2022! GrowRVA Stay safe RVA!
A decision about the Sunday South of the James Farmers Market will be made late Friday afternoon!

The weather for the following Saturday is looking much better so you’ll be able to get all your farm fresh goods then.

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2nd Street Festival Cancelled Grand Master Flash Performing at Hippodrome

Although the festival is cancelled there is a least one show that will go on. Curse you Hurrican Ian, curse you.

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Sad news from Venture Richmond

Venture Richmond Events has made the incredibly difficult decision to cancel the 2nd Street Festival, scheduled for this weekend, Oct. 1-2.

Like many, the Venture Richmond Events team has watched Ian for days, hoping that it would not be the massive and potentially deadly weather event that it clearly is. While we are extremely lucky to be a few states away from the serious issues Florida is facing, we also know that this weekend promises uncertain amounts of rainfall and potential wind gusts for our area. After consulting meteorologists, vendors, contractors, security, and other event planners, and after considering the Governor’s State of Emergency, we concluded to the best of our ability, that the event, if held, would not be safe. We must put the safety of our patrons, artists, vendors, contractors, and staff foremost.

There is good news though – a portion of the party will go on indoors! Our festival headliner, Grandmaster Flash will perform indoors at The Hippodrome theater on 2nd Street in Jackson Ward on Saturday evening. This performance will be FREE and open to the public, but capacity is limited and based upon availability.

2nd Street Festival at The Hipp

A special performance by Grandmaster Flash with an opening band

Saturday, October 1, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Hippodrome Theater, 528 N. 2nd Street

Doors 4:30 p.m.

Free and open to the public with limited capacity and based upon availability.

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