Poof! Phil’s Continental Lounge was open Monday, Oct. 8. But by the next day, if you looked in the window, you’d see a bar full of condiments and not much else.
In 2011, the restaurant was forced to move one block west to 5810 Grove Ave., when the landlord declined to renew the lease. The Continental now occupies that space, next to the Westhampton Theater.
Owners Kyle Measell and Katy Wilson-Measell sent out an announcement later in the week that they decided to retire. The business was for sale as of this spring for $150,000.
A West End institution and loved by regulars for its casual atmosphere, bar food, beer and cocktails — much has been said about the vodka limeades — Phil’s had been open since 1939.
Soup’s on: Actor Larry Thomas has probably heard “No soup for you!” more times than he’d like, but the Soup Nazi of “Seinfeld” has a big heart under that white jacket of his. He’ll be in Richmond on Saturday, Oct. 18, for Max’s Positive Vibe Café’s Souper Bowl I. Ten restaurants, including Stella’s and Mamma ’Zu, will compete for the best-soup prize, with, of course, the Soup Nazi as judge. The Style-sponsored event takes place from 1-5 p.m. in the cafe’s parking lot in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center. Proceeds will benefit Positive Vibe’s training program for people with disabilities. positiveviberva.com.
Fresh off the farm: Manakintowne Growers will hold the Sunday Farm Dinner to benefit the Center for Rural Culture, Oct. 19, from 5-9 p.m. Ingredients will be come from farms in the center-sponsored Local Roots co-op.Chefs showing off their fall-menu skills include Richmond’s Dylan Fultineer of Rappahannock, and Charlottesville chefs Harrison Keevil of Brookville Restaurant and Dean Maupin of C&O Restaurant. centerforruralculture.org.
Helping hams: Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue throws a benefit, Helping Hams for Charity, from 6-10 each Monday night at both locations. Ten percent of all orders go to different local nonprofits, and owner Buz Grossberg has raised more than $320,000 since he started giving nearly 25 years ago.
Fall Events Update
Start working on your chicken-dance skills: The big 46th annual Richmond Oktoberfest celebration is Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18, from 5-11 p.m., at Richmond International Raceway. You can raise a stein while celebrating all things German with bratwurst, knockwurst, sauerkraut and plenty of beer. richmondoktoberfestinc.com.
Sometimes you need to step back and take a breath of 19th-century air. It’s fall in Virginia, and, once upon a time, bringing in the harvest was the most important part of the year. You can get a taste of what it was like and help hand press apples for cider at Crump Park and Meadow Farm Museum’s Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 18, from noon-4 p.m. henrico.us/rec/specialevents.
The 17th Street Farmers’ Market will hold its first Kickin’ Chicken Wingfest on Sunday, Oct. 19, from noon-5 p.m. You can expect competitions, beer and myriad wings, plus live music, including the Thomas Jefferson High School Marching Band. enrichmond.org.
Wine, Women and Shoes will benefit Bon Secours Richmond Healthcare Foundation on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 2-5 p.m. Head out to Short Pump’s Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa to sip a little vino, enjoy a shoe-centric fashion show, plus a little mingling with the Shoe Guys, handsome volunteers who are there to help the cause. winewomenandshoes.com.