The eyes of scotch lovers widen, stew lovers prepare for a massive stew fest, and a Richmond mansion becomes a new restaurant

If you love scotch then you’re going to love what’s happening at Shula’s this evening, hearty stews will be dolled out in ample supply, and one of Richmond’s newest breweries holds on open house, plus more Richmond restaurant news.

Love scotch? Tonight at Shula’s, located at the Hilton Hotel and Spa in Short Pump, are hosting four course dinner and scotch tasting. The food will be accompanied by private tastings of Glenfiddich 18 and Glenfiddich 15 Solera, Balvenie 21 Portwood and Balvenie 14 Caribbean Cask. Tickets are $125 per person which includes dinner, scotch pairings, and a departure gift. More information can be found here.

Coming up on Saturday is the 12th Annual Brunswick Stew Festival. From 11:00 to 4:00 at the 17th Street’s Farmers Market there will be a mixture of music, food, and drink. Stew samples are available for sale in 4oz cups from 11:00am to 1:00pm. At 1:00pm, the stew is sold in bowls and quarts until it is gone. Get down there and fill that freezer with deliciousness people!

According to Church Hill People’s News, Ardent Craft Ales, a craft brewery still in the planning stages,  is having an open house at Brickman’s Garage on Jefferson between 24th and 25th this Saturday from 1-5PM to celebrate Richmond Beer Week. Pizza Tonight will also be on site for good eats.

According to Style Weekly, Ron Stalllings is at it again. Right next to Ettamae’s Cafe is the new Mansion five 26 Southeastern Cuisine. The location was once a privately owned mansion. The cuisine is “food for the soul” featuring shrimp and grits, chickens and waffles, spiced salmon, and more. The real gem of this place is a speakeasy hidden in the alley! Guests must learn the password through Twitter, or invitation, to gain access to the large bar and dance floor space for a real prohibition vibe.



photo by MrB-MMX

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  1. anonymous on said:

    Someone needs to ask Stallings when the Hippodrone will pay back the $600,000 it used from the City.

  2. Sean Stilwell on said:

    Probably in the immediate future as it becomes a viable, taxable business location again. I know it’s only up from here when you consider the real estate tax, sales tax, payroll tax, food tax, etc the establishment was NOT contributing. I believe the projection is $300,000 annually in business and real estate taxes.

    There was an opportunity cost of having the building constantly being empty. There was a group of guys a few years back who failed at the endeavor, at least it’s come to fruition. The city chipping in 5% of the budget to get the private sector through the toughest period of roadblocks was money well spent in my book.

    With all the insanely stupid deals the city has done, I see this as one of the least harmful.

  3. anonymous on said:

    We will see if and when the money is repaid.

    Next time the City cries poor on an important public project, keep this in mind…

  4. Sean Stilwell on said:

    So, the building was better used as a crack den?

    The barrier of entry for the free market has been the $600k needed to evaluate. That’s the primary reason the other attempts have failed. You don’t just haphazardly do one of these projects.

    With the city’s help, Stallings was able to get the $11.5 million put in place to get the project rolling, since the lenders/fundraisers felt comfortable after the initial assessment.

    Now the tax base is raised, if i’m not mistaken, to much higher levels than it has been on a building that was previously boarded up.

    Now Centerstage… That’s another story…

  5. anonymous on said:

    Again, other nightclubs and developers who had to rely on their own financing to get projects done might have a different perspective.

    I am thinking about what 600K could have done for my neighborhood.

    This City has a bad history of playing favorites and corporate welfare, which hurts public interests and distorts markets. You mention Center Stage but there is also the Broad Street CDA.

    In the end, I would like to see the 600K paid directly back to the City (and yeah, I think Center Stage has a much bigger bill to pay, including the ridiculous meals tax increase).

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