The Stew: Restaurant roundup for 1.27.12

New bites

Portico, the Goochland restaurant run by Sensei Owner Paolo Randazzo, is now serving lunch Monday through Friday.

Camden’s Dogtown Market released its dinner menu Thursday. The Mediterranean market on West Seventh Street in Manchester replaced the Ejay Rin restaurant.

Napa Smith beers arrived in Richmond on Jan. 6 and are available at local restaurants and shops. The California-based brewery is shipping its Organic IPA, Crush Amber Lager, Lost Dog Red Ale and Bonfire Imperial Porter.

Genghis Grill will open at Chesterfield Towne Center in the former Spinnaker’s space near TJ Maxx/Homegoods in the spring. The Mongolian barbecue restaurant has two other locations in Northern Virginia.

The owners of Julep’s will open Mint in the former Davis and Main space in the Fan in the spring.

BlowToad will open in Carytown in the former Double T’s space at the end of next week. Chef Jimmy Sneed will be serving up pizza, sandwiches and 24 craft beers on tap.

Phil’s Continental Lounge has reopened just down the road from its space next to the Westhampton Theater on Grove Avenue. The restaurant serves subs, hot dogs and burgers and has $1 specials Monday through Thursday.

Parkside Café on Forest Hill Avenue has updated its menu.

New York Deli owner Hamooda Shami will open a new restaurant called Don’t Look Back in the old Viva Mexico spot in Carytown in March. Nate Gutierrez, who recently closed his Jackson Ward taco stop Nate’s Taco Truck Stop, will serve as head chef.

Pasture, the restaurant recently opened on East Grace Street by the owners of Comfort and Six Burner, is now serving lunch.

Second helpings

Plaza Azteca will open its fourth location on Brook Road in the old Hill City Chop House space. The restaurant purchased the shuttered building for $1.5 million.

Wine and Beer Westpark on West Broad Street will close next month. 

About 10 other wine stores around Richmond have closed. 

Byram’s Lobster House on West Broad Street closed after 70 years. Tower Fish House, a new seafood restaurant, will replace it.

Richmond’s busiest ABC store …

Yapple Yogurt will open a location in the Shoppes at Willow Lawn. The Pennsylvania-based fro-yo shop also has plans for a Carytown location.

Sweet Frog’s location on Sliding Hill Road in Ashland in a former Waffle House is now open.

Short Pump cupcake shop Frostings took second place on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

[email protected], a restaurant combining food and the latest gadgets, opened Jan. 13 in the former Sprout location on North Morris Street.

Richmond City restaurant inspections (critical violations from January)

Signs & Wonders, 3612 Meadowbridge Road
Rodent droppings observed in the cabinets. Premises are not being routinely inspected for evidence of pests.

Humphrey’s Retirement Home, 3405 Chamberlayne Ave.
Live roaches observed in cabinets.
Dead roaches observed in cabinets.

Veterans Outreach, 3009 Chamberlayne Ave.
Boric acid observed on the kitchen floor.

O’Brien North, 3401 Chamberlayne Ave.
Rodent bait station was not covered and tamper-resistant.
Soap was not provided at the hand-washing lavatory in the restroom.

Alamo Barbecue Company, 2202 Jefferson Ave.
Employees observed handling ready-to-eat food with their bare hands.

New bites

Portico, the Goochland restaurant run by Sensei Owner Paolo Randazzo, is now serving lunch Monday through Friday.

Camden’s Dogtown Market released its dinner menu Thursday. The Mediterranean market on West Seventh Street in Manchester replaced the Ejay Rin restaurant.

Napa Smith beers arrived in Richmond on Jan. 6 and are available at local restaurants and shops. The California-based brewery is shipping its Organic IPA, Crush Amber Lager, Lost Dog Red Ale and Bonfire Imperial Porter.

Genghis Grill will open at Chesterfield Towne Center in the former Spinnaker’s space near TJ Maxx/Homegoods in the spring. The Mongolian barbecue restaurant has two other locations in Northern Virginia.

The owners of Julep’s will open Mint in the former Davis and Main space in the Fan in the spring.

BlowToad will open in Carytown in the former Double T’s space at the end of next week. Chef Jimmy Sneed will be serving up pizza, sandwiches and 24 craft beers on tap.

Phil’s Continental Lounge has reopened just down the road from its space next to the Westhampton Theater on Grove Avenue. The restaurant serves subs, hot dogs and burgers and has $1 specials Monday through Thursday.

Parkside Café on Forest Hill Avenue has updated its menu.

New York Deli owner Hamooda Shami will open a new restaurant called Don’t Look Back in the old Viva Mexico spot in Carytown in March. Nate Gutierrez, who recently closed his Jackson Ward taco stop Nate’s Taco Truck Stop, will serve as head chef.

Pasture, the restaurant recently opened on East Grace Street by the owners of Comfort and Six Burner, is now serving lunch.

Second helpings

Plaza Azteca will open its fourth location on Brook Road in the old Hill City Chop House space. The restaurant purchased the shuttered building for $1.5 million.

Wine and Beer Westpark on West Broad Street will close next month. 

About 10 other wine stores around Richmond have closed. 

Byram’s Lobster House on West Broad Street closed after 70 years. Tower Fish House, a new seafood restaurant, will replace it.

Richmond’s busiest ABC store …

Yapple Yogurt will open a location in the Shoppes at Willow Lawn. The Pennsylvania-based fro-yo shop also has plans for a Carytown location.

Sweet Frog’s location on Sliding Hill Road in Ashland in a former Waffle House is now open.

Short Pump cupcake shop Frostings took second place on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

[email protected], a restaurant combining food and the latest gadgets, opened Jan. 13 in the former Sprout location on North Morris Street.

Richmond City restaurant inspections (critical violations from January)

Signs & Wonders, 3612 Meadowbridge Road
Rodent droppings observed in the cabinets. Premises are not being routinely inspected for evidence of pests.

Humphrey’s Retirement Home, 3405 Chamberlayne Ave.
Live roaches observed in cabinets.
Dead roaches observed in cabinets.

Veterans Outreach, 3009 Chamberlayne Ave.
Boric acid observed on the kitchen floor.

O’Brien North, 3401 Chamberlayne Ave.
Rodent bait station was not covered and tamper-resistant.
Soap was not provided at the hand-washing lavatory in the restroom.

Alamo Barbecue Company, 2202 Jefferson Ave.
Employees observed handling ready-to-eat food with their bare hands.

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S.F.
10 years ago

Sweet Frog on Sliding Hill Road is now open!