Not dead: According to co-owner Jimmy Sneed, Fresca is still alive and going strong: “As Mark Twain almost said, the reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated.” Earlier this year the Sneeds announced Fresca was on the market. In fact, co-owner Jenna Sneed and her father are looking for a second location. Hustle on over there to try out their new vegan taco menu with such items as vegan chorizo, curry vegetable and vegan barbecue. frescaonaddison.com.
Brew news: Beer madness continues, with a new project by Michael Blevins and Dave McCormack in Old Towne Petersburg, as reported by Richmond BizSense. They plan to build Trapezium Brewery in a former ice and coal plant on Third Street. Eighteen apartments are planned for the building as well, and the project should be finished by early 2016. … Last week, Ardent Craft Ales, along with the Virginia Historical Society, released Jane’s Percimon Beer, based on a nearly 300-year-old recipe from a cookbook in the society’s collection.
Quaker quake: It was all over social media: Quaker Steak and Lube shut down and left employees in the lurch right before the holidays. General manager Michele Riccio started a campaign to raise money to help tide the staff over until they all can find new jobs. If you’d like to contribute, go to gofundme.com/rva-lube-employees.
Opening and closings: Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant opened at Short Pump Towne Center. … Tazza Kitchen is opening a location on the South Side, as first reported by Richmond.com. … Mechanicsville’s Sapori Italian and Latin Cuisine closed its doors Sunday. … Patrick Harris, owner of Boka Truck, Boka Kantina and Boka Tako Bar, plans to open a South Side location called Boka Grill and Growlers near Forest Hill Avenue. … The Lair on West Main Street, barely a year old, also closed.