Bev’s gets burgled, the Food Cart Court gets a backer, and Peter Chang heads to Hollywood

It was a rough start to the week for Carytown’s mom-and-pop ice cream shop as they were burglarized. Not that far away, a former bagel shop went on the market, and the Food Cart Court gets a proper organizer with farmers’ market experience.

Jaks bagels

According to, the much loved Food Cart Court is coming back to the VHS beginning this Friday, April 27th. It will continue to serve hungry Richmonders Tuesday and Friday nights from 6-9pm. The organization GrowRVA has now gotten behind the event. You might know them better as The Market Umbrella, the folks that put on the South of the James Market. They recently changed their name and will be coordinating the food trucks and making sure things runs smoothly. Just a reminder: the Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 North Boulevard and will stay open until 8pm on Tuesday and Friday evenings so you can not only grab great food but check out great history all in one night!

Now we turn to…break-in news? Bev’s Ice Cream has been robbed! According to West of the Boulevard News, the beloved ice cream shop in Carytown was burglarized sometime between 10:30pm on Monday night and 7am Tuesday morning. Everyone, go buy tons of ice cream and help Bev’s out!

West of the Boulevard News is also reporting that the former Jak’s Bagel Shop is for sale in Carytown. The space is located at 3443 West Cary Street and includes handicap bathrooms, off street parking, and is (of course) set up to be a great restaurant space.

Peter Chang. If you haven’t had the pleasure of dining at his restaurant, you’ve at least heard people talk about him. The chef is known for his unparalleled Szechuan cooking and, according to Richmond Magazine, may soon be a movie star? Gen Lee, Chang’s business partner, says they have signed a contract with Fox Searchlight Pictures for a feature film documenting his life. A source from Fox Searchlight confirmed the project. Stanley Tucci is said to play a significant role, who is a big fan of Chang’s and is known for food focused films such as Big Night and Julie and Julia. Hopefully more details will emerge soon. In the meantime, try the dry-fried eggplant at Peter Chang’s China Cafe located at 11424 West Broad Street in Short Pump.

Happy Hour Alert! Mint New Casual Cuisine is now offering happy hour at the bar from 4-7pm Monday through Friday. Specials include $3 rail drinks and $2.50 drafts. Fried green tomato and pimento cheese sandwich comes highly recommended and I’m sure pairs well with a happy hour beverage or two. Here’s our profile of the restaurant to whet your appetite.


photo by Fionnuala Bradley

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4 comments on Bev’s gets burgled, the Food Cart Court gets a backer, and Peter Chang heads to Hollywood

  1. Mike on said:

    I really hate to see a local biz fail, but man those bagels were bad. I tried 3 different times, as late as about two months ago….wishing and hoping they would improve. I was raised in north jersey were there is a bagel joint every other block, and just wish we could have one locally owned mom and pop bagel shop that made big chewy crusty flavorful bagels. I live a few blocks from Jaks but chose to drive to the einsteins to eat those far-from-perfect way-too-soft, no-crust bagels instead of jaks. Now I hit up black hand or ellwood since they have cuppertines (i know thats not how you spell it), which or ok but they are not always fresh tasting and never hot out of the oven at these remote locations. Making bagels correctly is not easy. If you study it long enough and practice, knowing what you’re going for from experience, it can be done. I do it in my kitchen regularly (I have a commercial kitchenaide which is mandatory because good bagel dough should kill a household mixer after a few minutes). But it must be done right or else it taste like round bread or has texture problems. Jaks unfortunately had both, among other issues with the layout of the store, uncomfortable traffic flow, consistency issues, pricey, etc…Hope the owners didn’t lose too much and try for something they can accomplish better. Good luck to them.

  2. Easton on said:

    Go to Cupertino’s bagels in the West End.

    Jaks was a bad idea from the beginning, from the product to the inconvenient (for morning commuters) location.

  3. Meade on said:

    Back in my daddy’s day, they used to keep things safe in Richmond.

  4. JLMO on said:

    If you’re looking for Cupertino’s in the city check out Lamplighter. I’ve gotten the everything here a BUNCH (THANK GOD SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS EVERYTHING BAGELS!!!!!) and never had a “freshness issue”, even when getting untoasted ones. Highly recommend.

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