DeLux closes, Urban Farmhouse expands, Virginia Craft Beer Month begins

Owners have shuttered DeLux with plans to reopen something much different in the same space, details about the week-long A Taste of Carytown event, and how RVA is celebrating Virginia Craft Beer Month.

On Monday, we learned that deLux has closed. The Richmond Restaurant Group, which owned the bar, plan on reopening in the fall with a new concept: a raw bar. Michelle Williams and Jared Golden plan on changing the entire interior and hope to open in 90 days. They want food to be the to focus in the new restaurant, but will keep the great happy hour specials that deLux offered. Williams said in a press release:

We would like to thank everyone for their support and patronage at deLux over the past five years. We look forward to serving our Richmond and Fan customers in the fall with our new restaurant.

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According to Richmond Bizsense, Urban Farmhouse is expanding with a second location. Owner Kathleen Richardson is hoping to open in the Millworks at the Green development (at the intersection of Woolridge Road and Midlothian Turnpike) by November 1st. The new location will have about 50% more space than the downtown location, plus outdoor seating.

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Monday August 6th marks the beginning of A Taste of Carytown, which benefits the Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation. Carytown restaurants will offer a two-course lunch menu for $16 or a $25 three-course dinner menu, with $1.52 and $2.12 going towards the foundation respectively. It’s a great way to sample some of the best dishes in Carytown and support a good cause.

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Yesterday marked the beginning of Virginia Craft Beer Month, which means it’s a perfect time to visit as many of the 40 craft breweries in Virginia that you can. Over the next four weeks, there will be a slew of events in Richmond where you can say Cheers! (or even Sláinte! or Prost!) to local brews. Events to mark on your calendar include:

Today from 4:00 – 10:00 PM, Mekong will be celebrating with Hardywood. Hardywood will feature their impressive lineup of beers on tap:

  • 2011 Gingerbread Stout — this earned 100 point rating in Beer Advocate magazine back in April which is pretty much unheard of, so be sure to try this one out.
  • Singel
  • Hoplar
  • Mocha Belgique
  • Bourbon Cru
  • Strawberry Wit
  • Blackberry Wit
  • Belgian IPA
  • SB 604

On Saturday, August 4th from 2:00 – 8:00 PM, Hardywood will host the first annual Hops Festival, an afternoon of good food, brews, and tunes. There will also be a little bit of work involved, as they hope to gather and sort through hundreds of pounds of freshly harvested Virginia hops to produce their RVA IPA. Roll up your sleeves and earn that brewski, RVA!

The Camel is also getting involved by doing a local tap takeover ALL month long. They’ll have 28 taps that feature local brewhas:

  • Alewerks Caledonia
  • Alewerks Springhouse Ale
  • Blue Mountain Dark Hollow
  • Blue Mountain Full Nelson
  • Blue Mountain Isabel
  • Blue Mountain Local Species
  • Bold Rock Virginia Apple Hard Cider
  • Brass Cannon Caliber Red Ale
  • Bull & Bones Maroon Effect Brown Ale
  • Devils Backbone 8-point IPA
  • Devils Backbone Azrael Golden Ale
  • Devils Backbone Vienna Lager
  • Hardywood Belgian IPA
  • Hardywood Bourbon Cru
  • Hardywood Hoplar
  • Hardywood Singel
  • Hardywood Virginia Strawberry
  • Legend Brown
  • Legend Saison
  • O’Connor Great Dismal Black IPA
  • Roanoke Railhouse Amber lager
  • Roanoke Railhouse IPA
  • Starr Hill Double Platinum
  • Starr Pils
  • Wild Wolf Alpha Ale
  • Wild Wolf Blonde Hunny Ale
  • Wolf Hills Imperial Stout
  • Wolf Hills Lonesome Pine Porter

photo by Ashley Jenkins

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