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With the abrupt (and, for the regulars, highly disappointing) closing of Diner 250 in Manakin, owner Kenny Bendheim and chef Tre Hall have moved on, sort of. They're running a business, Anything Goes Café & Catering, still based out of the old Alley Motel building on Broad Street Road, and may still reopen their funky-cool diner in the fall.

Bendheim, known for his popular Grafiti Grille (which he sold three years ago), readily acknowledged some problems nailing down an identity for the new place and tinkered with several changes before shutting the doors last month to concentrate on catering private functions.

"It was pulling at me in every direction," Bendheim says of the diner, "and it was the hardest decision to close. But we're thinking about maybe going more upscale, to use the place as a catering facility and maybe do invitational parties or open weekends with blackboard specials." Stay tuned. — Deveron Timberlak



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