S@ample, new life to an adult bookstore, and a look back at 2011

New eats in the old Sprout spot and an old adult book store, a look at some of the New Year’s Eve pre-fixe options, and a look back at all the restaurants that opened in 2011.

According to Fan of the Fan, S@mple will be opening on January 13th. Owned by Adam Bell and Harold Lewis, formerly DeLux, S@ample is located at the old Sprout location (1 North Morris Street). Chef Todd Butler will be running the kitchen after a stint of living and cooking on the West Coast. Richmond.com spoke with Butler about the menu and his style of cooking.

According to Style Weekly, Bellytimber owners Randy O’Dell and Patrick Stamper are opening a new restaurant. The two plan to take over the old Tri-Angle Bookstore–the adult book store on Boulevard–and turn it into “a Calexican-style eatery.” Charlie Diradour, who purchased the building back in September, will be their landlord. They hope to be open by May.

You may have noticed that New Year’s Eve is only a couple of days away, and if you haven’t made dining plans yet (shame on you!) you can check out some of the prix-fixe dining options available. We aren’t promising there will be reservations still available, but we’ll keep our fingers crossed.

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Speaking of the new year, this year was yet again a big year for dining in Richmond with lots of new restaurants opening up and others closing their doors. Here are a few we think are definitely worth checking out in 2012 if you haven’t already:


We all know the story of Stella’s and the Giavos/Dikos family, but the important thing to note is the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is even better.

The Roosevelt

Kendra Feather (Garnetts and Ipanema) opened her third restaurant this year with Lee Gregory formerly of Six Burner and Acacia. The food is upscale with southern roots–plus it’s wonderful.


Jason Alley (Comfort) has put together a restaurant built around the idea of grazing. Everything on the menu is in small plate format so you can order multiple things without breaking the bank. How great!

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A few others that opened this year with lots of buzz that we unfortunately have not been able to try yet:

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