by Brandon Fox
Chipotle started the movement and now a Richmonder is getting in on the build-it-your-way action. At Bottom Burger, customers will choose the type of patty, toppings and bun, or they can pick from an array of signature burgers such as the Texas or Greek burger, reports Richmond BizSense. Aisha Farooque will open her new restaurant at 1719 E. Main St. facebook.com/bottomburger.
Tazza Kitchen also plans to open its seventh location at 1500 Roseneath Road in Scott’s Addition -- and let’s hope this becomes a trend. Residents and visitors alike need more food in this neighborhood bubbling over with alcohol. tazzakitchen.com.
We may have a Brooklyn restaurant owner and chef, Rob Newton, setting up at the Central National Bank Building at 219 E. Broad St., Richmond magazine reports. No comment yet from Newton, but I’ll keep you posted.
The old Village Café building at Grace and Harrison Streets is back in the hands of the original family that owned it, reports the Times-Dispatch. Johnny and Katrina Giavos bought the property and plan to completely renovate it, although they have no plans yet for the future restaurant that will occupy the space.
Billy Bread was bought by Lecker Baking Co. It plans to open the spot at 1 S. Allen Ave. where Billy Fallen originally baked his famous bread as a retail bakery in November.
The Manchester location of the Urban Farmhouse is now closed after less than a year, reports the Times-Dispatch.
Happenings: The Craft Harvest is back and takes place at Willow Lawn from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. You can expect 15 craft brewers, plenty of food, contests and music from the Jangling Reinhardts. Festival mugs are $15 and come with one drink ticket, plus $2 off your next beer. willowlawn.com/wlevents/craft-beer-harvest.
Looking for even more beer? You can head to Carytown on on Friday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. for the wildly popular Big LeByrdski. Center of the Universe holds a bathrobe bar crawl that makes it way from Citizen Burger Bar, New York Deli, Mellow Mushroom to Weezies Kitchen before ending up at the Byrd Theatre for a showing of “The Big Lebowski.” COTU will be on hand to pour its special release, El Duderino White Russian Stout, and all of the proceeds will go to The Byrd Theatre Foundation. cotubrewing.com.
Although other states claim Brunswick stew, we all know it’s a Virginia dish. And we can celebrate that fact on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market’s annual Brunswick Stew and Stout Festival. Local breweries will provide the stout and samples of stew will be $1. Judges will determine which stewmaster will remain supreme at the end of the event. enrichmond.org.
You can get your seafood on at Slow Food RVA’s Slow Fish Festival at Ardent Craft Ales on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Lehja, Sugar's Crab Shack, East Coast Provisions, Blue Goat, and Mean Bird food truck will provide the food, plus you can taste samples from each of Virginia’s eight oyster regions. slowfoodrva.org.
And don’t forget! Style’s Nacho Week is happening right now and doesn’t end until Nov. 6. You can find $5 meal deals from 20 local restaurants all over town. nachotacoweek.com.Correction: All dates have been updated for the events listed.