Fanhouse re-opens, Ellwood’s Cafe closes…for now, and Oktoberfest comes to Richmond

Rumor had it that the Fanhouse was closed for good. Not only is that not true, but they’ve added a prominent mixologist to their restaurant roster. Ellwood’s Cafe closes so that it can rise like a Phoenix next to its parent grocer, we have a weekend filled with ocular wonders of Oktoberfest, and the Armenian Food Festival celebrates its 53rd year.

The rumor from last week that Fanhouse was closed is officially FALSE.  According to their website, Fanhouse reopened last night at 5pm with a whole new menu and cocktail concept. Probably the most exciting news is that Richmond’s favorite cocktail creator, Bobby Kruger, will be acting as both GM and mixologist. It’s Thursday, and I’m sure you’re thirsty, so swing by Fanhouse tonight on the corner of Robinson and Floyd.

Ellwood’s Cafe is officially closed, but not like that! They will be moving into the old Blockbuster space next to Ellwood Thompson’s. Opening date is slated for February 2012, when everything Ellwood’s related will be on one side of the parking lot.

Fall is definitely on its way to Richmond, and what better way to kick off the season than with an Oktoberfest?! The 7th Annual St Benedict Oktoberfest is this weekend! You can expect delicious German eats paired with both German and local breweries along with a few wineries. Plenty of festive music and dancing will also be available at the corner of Hanover and Belmont in the Museum District. You do not want to miss this one. Festival times include:

  • Friday, September 16 – 5pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, September 17 –  11am to 10pm
  • Sunday, September 18 –  12pm to 6pm

Do you honestly think Richmond could have just one food festival in a weekend this time of year? The 53rd Annual Armenian Food Festival begins today and runs through Sunday. Come by St. James Armenian Church between 11:30am – 9:00pm or if you plan to go on Sunday, 12:00pm – 7:00pm for authentic Armenian cuisine, beer, wine, and coffee. Check out their website for band schedules and menu specifics.



photo by Ethan Prater

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