Weekly Food Notes: The Old Village Cafe, Barbecue on the Move + More

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Center of the Universe Brewing Co. is opening the Origin Beer Lab in downtown Ashland. It will be a taproom and place for COTU to experiment and produce smaller runs of new varieties of beer. cotubrewing.com

Charlottesville's Three Notch'd Brewing Co. plans to open its RVA Collab House at 2930 W. Broad St. on Oct.1. threenb.com

Soon you’ll be able to sample Mexican fare at the old La Grotta Ristorante space, reports Richmond BizSense. Mijas, a white-tablecloth Mexican restaurant, will open Oct. 15 at 1218 E. Cary St. La Grotta is now located in the Miller & Rhoads building at 529 E. Broad St.

The old Village Café building at the corner of West Grace and Harrison streets is up for sale. I’ve got a few memories that I share about my time there waiting tables.

Short Pump's Thai Top Two is closed after just a few months of its opening, Richmond BizSense reports. The restaurant is changing owners, but its VCU location won't be affected.

The Cultured Swine is moving from Jackson Ward to the Museum District. culturedswine.com.

Apples, apples, apples. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture, the commonwealth will have a great crop this year despite this spring’s bad weather. vdacs.virginia.gov.

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