Black Sheep wins national praise, Bliss takes over Bank, S@mple downloads new happy hour menu

RVA’s dining scene continues to shake things up with old mainstays closing and new menus sprouting up.

Last week, Black Sheep was featured on Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America, which I hope all of you watched or at least DVR-ed. Their two-foot CSS Virginia sandwich was up against a Baltimore crab cake sandwich and DC’s W Hotel club sandwich. The CSS Virginia CRUSHED the competition. Now Black Sheep will move on to the championship round against other regional winners and two wild cards. We’ll keep you posted on the air date for the next showdown. In the meantime, visit Black Sheep at 901 West Marshall Street in Jackson Ward and try to the CSS Virginia yourself!

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According to, Bank restaurant has closed. Bliss Restaurant has a new sign that hangs at the 1005 East Main Street location that boasts “dine and wine.” The owners are planning an upscale redesign for the space, but no other details have been mentioned. Mo Roman was Bank and Vault’s owner who closed Vault, the night club side of the restaurant, in October 2011. He’s still operating Pie on Lombardy Street in the Fan.

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The Republic Restaurant is temporarily closed due to a taxation problem. spoke with the GM Tony Hawkins who said: “We are dealing with tax issues dating back before current ownership, this issue will be resolved quickly.”

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According to Richmond Bizsense, A Moveable Feast is closing after 27 years in the catering business. Owner Linda Marcuse says she’s seen increased competition and decreased need for catering in the last four years. She also lost a lot of lunchtime catering customers to budget cuts from downtown businesses. Developer Tom Papa will be looking for a new tenant after some renovations to the space. A Moveable Feast was located at 1318 East Cary Street.

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Tech restaurant and bar S@mple has a new Happy Hour menu boasting some great food deals available Monday through Friday 3:30 PM to 7:00 PM. Small plates range in price from $2 to $6, which you can check out here and here.

photo by Ashley Jenkins

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  1. Melissa on said:

    Oh nooooooo, A Moveable Feast was my go-to pipeline picnic. My husband and I planned our wedding at Pipeline rapids with our feet in the water and box lunches by our sides, and he’d take my order for a workday lunch date at the pipeline whenever I needed a break. Thanks Linda for the happy memories. We’ll be sure to treat ourselves to a few more lunches before the end of July.

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