Blue Bee Cider’s first day, Curry Craft opens in Carytown, and Restaurant Week approaches

Carytown is a hub of new restaurant activity with a new Indian restaurant that just opened, and two more following close behind.

According to Hills and Heights, Blue Bee Cider will open for its first full day of business this Saturday, April 20th. There’s an event planned, featuring a look inside the tasting room to sample its first cider label, Arragon 1904. Blue Bee Cider is located at 212 W. 6th Street in Manchester. Tasting room hours on Saturday will be from 12:00 – 6:00 PM. After April 20th, it’ll be open Friday through Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 PM.

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Curry Craft Indian Restaurant and Wine Bar opened last week in the old Bonvenu space at 2915 W. Cary Street. The Consultant Chef & Wine Director of Lehja on Broad Street, Mel Oza, has taken over and has created a menu focused on Indian cuisine.

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According to their Facebook, Portrait House is set to open next week. Hamooda Shami, co-owner of New York Deli and Don’t Look Back, took over the former BlowToad location, bringing his restaurant count on that block of West Cary to three. The Portrait House menu features wood-fire pizzas and a variety of burgers, along with 24 beers on tap.

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Speaking of Carytown, The Daily Kitchen and Bar is coming along nicely at 2934 W. Cary. This is the seventh restaurant owned the Richmond Restaurant Group (Water Grill, Pearl Raw Bar, both Hard Shell locations, Europa, and The Hill Cafe). According to Style Weekly, the new restaurant will provide all-day service with coffee and pastries in the morning and bar service until closing time. The menu is focused on local, sustainable foods. Owners hope to open in June.

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The Republic is closed again, this time for an electrical problem. You can follow them on Twitter at @therepublicrva and on their Facebook page for updates.

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Folks, it is that time again…Richmond Restaurant Week! Time to menu stalk! RVANews has been diligently compiling all the participating restaurant week menus in an easy-to-read format so you can decide on which restaurants you want to visit. Here’s how it all works: each restaurant puts together a prix fixe menu with three courses–you pay $25.13 for your three-course meal, and $2.13 is donated to Feedmore. Add up all that change, and you get an average of $25,000 donated to Central Virginia’s leading anti-hunger organization. Make your reservations people!

photo by Erin Soorenko

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