Weekly Food Notes

Perly's gets a market, Metzger's free tastings + more.

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New guys: Joey McCullough and Kevin Mandeville are the new owners of Metro Bar & Grill. Closed last week for a little refurbishment, it’s scheduled to reopen Tuesday, July 7. metrogrillrichmond.com.

Opened: Kohlmann’s Market, the companion store to Perly’s Restaurant and Delicatessen, unlocked its doors at 109 E. Grace St. last week, following in the footsteps of its sister store, Stella’s Market. The name Kohlmann is a nod to owners Kevin Roberts’ and Katrina and Johnny Giavos’ partner, Scott Coleman. The store is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. facebook.com/perlysrichmond. … Alberto and Peppino Mastromano opened Ciao Capri earlier this month in the Gleneagles Shopping Center next door to the spot where their first Richmond restaurant, Little Venice, was located, reports Richmond BizSense. Little Venice closed earlier this year. ciaocaprirva.com.

Expanded hours: Perk Coffee & Lunchbox in Bon Air not only has expanded its hours, opening at 6:30 a.m. Mondays-Fridays, but also will offer a weekday happy hour deal in July. From 6:30-7:30 a.m., early birds will get a free small coffee with any purchase. perkbonair.com. 

Free tastings: To get out of that rut, take a trip up to Union Hill. Metzger Bar & Butchery is holding free weekly tastings on Saturdays from noon-3 p.m. Past tastings have included German rosés paired with house-made sausages, and Spanish Tempranillo to sip alongside pork leberwurst and chicken liver mousse. metzgerbarandbutchery.com.

Kitchen takeover: Chef J. Frank, owner of Dixie Donuts, is popping up at Cask Café on Thursday, July 9, with a cool summer menu. You’ll find grilled and chilled Alaskan ivory king salmon, tuna tomato tartare and local corn salad with arugula-corn cakes, along with the cafe’s extensive beer selection. thecaskrva.com. … And Chinese pop-up joint, the Jackdaw, will be slinging congee, dan dan noodles and steamed buns with barbecued duck hot dogs, among other things, July 12 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Shoryuken Ramen at 900 W. Franklin St. Call 855-4246 to reserve your spot. thejackdawrva.com.

Spicy music: Daddy G’s Rockin’ Salsa creator Chris Galiffa, along with musical partner David Hunter, will bring their stripped-down duo, Fredds Unplugged, to Isley Brewing Co. on Saturday, July 11, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. You can expect few chips and fine salsa to go along with the music too. facebook.com/daddygsrockinsalsa.

Smoky sipping: Puff on a stogie from Cigar Realm at James River Cellars Winery’s third annual Smoke and Vine Festival on Saturday, July 11, from 4-10 p.m. Wine, beer, food and live music will be on offer — and for the nonsmoker, fear not, this event is for you too. Cigar-puffers will be sequestered to their own smoker’s patio — with a great view of the stage. Tickets are $30. jamesrivercellars.com.

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