Food News: RVA gets fancy, Strawberry Street Fest, and new restaurants galore!

The RVA food world this week features a few new edible spots, saying goodbye to a Fan classic on Strawberry Street, and there’s a fun family-friendly festival to look forward a few blocks away. Fingers crossed for happy weather!

Starting with the sad news: we’re sad to see a longstanding business bid adieu, but the quaint wine shop, Strawberry Street Vineyard, closed last week.

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Another popular grocery chain, Whole Foods, comes to the neighborhood! Although the whereabouts are unknown, we’ve mapped out some possible locations for the healthy-buffet-lover’s favorite lunch spot on Broad Street.

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Eight new deliciously amazing restaurants opened in April. Bringing some foodie variety to RVA, the choices range from go-to place for cakes to African-Caribbean cuisine. We’ve even got a list of ALL the new restaurants that have opened in 2014.

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Fancy Asian and Sushi Restaurant opened in Forest Hill this week in the old Evo space. Rumor has it that you get 20% off opening week if you eat in. So go get fancy shmancy without paying full fancy prices.

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On Saturday, May 10th from 12:00 – 4:00 PM, get ready for games, rides, and FOOD TRUCKS at Fox Elementary’s 35th annual Strawberry Street Festival. It’s family Fan fun at its finest! Alliteration!

— ∮∮∮ —’s Karri Peifer is already on the story of the upcoming restaurant, The Betty on Davis, which replaced Avenue 805 on Davis Avenue. Not a ton of details yet, so stay tuned!

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It’s ramp season! Not sure what that is? Well, ramps are edible, spring-like, and local. Educate yourself with this article by Nicole Lang, and possibly grab a handful of the good stuff before they’re gone.

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Huzzah for Rocketts Landing residents’ need for convenient caffeine, snacks, and meals! They’ll have Mbargo: a market, eatery, and cafe this weekend to grab a coffee, meal, or alcohol.

Photo by: Page Hayes

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