Food news: Flower pots, anniversaries, and nachos

Legal battles abound, restaurants are all grown up, and nachos takeover the city in this week’s food news!

Coffee, lies, and flower pots. The ongoing conflict between Captain Buzzy’s Beanery and its surrounding neighborhood continues to get more complicated and more ridiculous as the weeks pass.

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A ton of weeks ago, Nile Restaurant on Laurel shut down to tweak their concept and menu a bit. Robey Martin, writing for Style Weekly, has nothing but glowing things to say about the newly renovated spot: “There are fewer foreboding corners, more wood and soft edges. Music is a few decibels lower and everything feels just a bit less collegiate — including the food.” Some might say that the new Nile is a refreshing drink of cool spring water in the midst of sultry Ethiopian desert. Others might say that that previous sentence was pretty stupid.

  • 309 N. Laurel Street
  • 804.225.5544
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Did you totally fail to snatch up a stash of this year’s Hardywood Gingerbread Stout (limit two per customer)? If so, I pity you, but offer you this as a soothing balm to your certain pain: Southern Railway Taphouse will tap both the Gingerbread Stout and the Gingerbread Stout Nitro this Friday. The beer flows like wine starting at 7:00 PM.

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Next Thursday Saison will celebrate their first anniversary with a Big Pun Dinner! It’s both rap and pun related—a combination that I could use in my life more often. The dinner will feature six tasting courses and beverage pairings with names that are straight outta Compton. For example: deep fried Raekwontons, Talib quail egg, and Notorious PIG and 2Pac choy.

Don’t let Cash Rule Everything Around You! Buy your ticket today.

  • Thursday, December 12th • 7:00 PM
  • 23 W. Marshall Street
  • $45

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Do you like nachos? If not, can I get your address so I can sneak into your house at night and silently drip a deadly poison down a string into your awaiting mouth? Because seriously, nachos are, like, the best thing ever. I’ll give you a second to reconsider you answer.

If you do like nachos (who doesn’t!), you’ve still got a couple of days to participate in Style Weekly’s Nacho / Taco week. 30 different local restaurants are offering up $5 nacho specials through December 8th. I’ve made a living off of eating too many black bean nachos from Bellytimber, so maybe it’s time I branch out.

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Richmond BizSense has the word that Dunkin’ Donuts will return to Carytown. Now that a legal battle has been settled, new owners have purchased the franchise rights and expect to have the shop up and running in a week or so.

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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