Food Notes: GMO Salmon, Shockoe Steakhouse + More

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Frankenfish: Farmed genetically modified salmon may have been cleared by the federal government for American consumption, but Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market announced last week that it won’t be selling it. It’s joined by larger retailers such as Aldi, Costco, Kroger, Trader Joe’s, Target and Whole Foods. Target sells salmon?

Maybe Someday: Tazza Kitchen and Virginia Beach’s Taste Unlimited may open in the Westhampton Theater’s space after the new owners finish the building’s renovation. The theater will close this summer.

Openings: Shawn Minter and Tamica Epps, co-owners of Shockoe Whiskey & Wine and Loft 17, will open another spot, Shockoe Steakhouse, at 14 N. 18th St., in January. … Chris LaTora, the owner of Midlothian’s Mulligan’s Sports Grille, now closed, will open a new restaurant in Chester, reports Richmond BizSense. … According to The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Eat Restaurant Partners is planning a sushi and steakhouse to open next year in Short Pump’s Greengate development.

Closed: Strawberry Thai announced on its Facebook page that it would close immediately due to financial difficulties.

Happenings: You can help out a homeless — and very cute — beagle named Walden and learn how to paint at Carytown Cupcakes and a Toast to Canvas’ Paint Your Pet event on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $48, of which $18 will go to benefit Walden. For tickets and details, visit atoasttocanvas.com. … You can celebrate the season in your own way at Strangeways Brewing’s monthly Brews and Burlesque night with Those Freaking Weirdos’ cabaret on Friday, Dec. 11, at 9 p.m. For tickets, visit tfwburlesque.com.

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