Weekly Food Notes: Kinsfolk Closes, Laura Lee's Gets a New Chef + More

It's been a surprising week.



Closings: Kinsfolk on Forest Hill Avenue is now closed after less than a year in business. However, owners Tiffany and Danny Ingram’s other restaurant, Mechanicsville’s Bell Cafe, is remains open for business. bellcafe.net. The across-the-street take-out version of Sticky Rice, Sticky to Go-Go, is no longer serving, and the Crazy Greek at 1903 Staples Mill Road has shut its doors, but, reports the Times-Dispatch, it will reopen at another location in Henrico County. The two South Side Crazy Greek outposts remain open. ilovestickyrice.com and crazygreekwoodlake.com. C-Street Restaurant & Wine Bar, which opened in the original Acacia space five years ago, will close on Sunday, reports the Times-Dispatch. The owners are throwing a closing party on Friday at 6 p.m. And the saddest news of all: The Streetcar Cafe in Brookland Park is no longer open daily and will soon have a new concept, Richmond BizSense reports.

Openings: We’re talking chains here, but a couple of notable ones are gearing up. Blaze Pizza, another business based on Chipotle’s model, opened its doors at 2701 Stone Village Way in Chesterfield, and the seventh location of Mezeh Mediterranean landed at 11710 W. Broad St. It offers pan-Mediterranean wraps, pita pockets, rice bowls and salads. blazepizza.com and mezeh.com. Saadia’s Juicebox and Yoga Bar is set to start squeezing fruit in Jackson Ward and downtown, Richmond Biz Sense reports. Search for Saadia’s Juicebox on Facebook.

Evolution: The Kendra Feather-owned Laura Lee’s has a new chef on board. Scott Lewis, most recently at Southbound after stints at the Roosevelt and late, great Six Burner, now has a transitional menu in place. Chef Lee Gregory is also helping with the changeover. lauraleesrva.com.

Happenings: Virginia Cider Week has started and doesn’t end until Sunday, and there’s a whole lot to do. A few highlights: Acacia Mid-Town is holding a mini cider and wine dinner with Potter’s Craft Cider and winery 20 Paces tonight, Nov. 16, starting at 5:30 p.m. On Thursday, Shyndigz will join with Blue Bee Cider for Steal the Glass night from 7-10 p.m. Fat Dragon will serve Buskey Cider cocktails and both locations of Once Upon a Vine will offer Potter’s Craft Cider tastings. For details about other events, visit ciderweekva.com.

Fire, Flour & Fork, that whirlwind of famous chefs, great food and local purveyors, begins on Thursday, Nov.17, and wraps up Sunday, Nov. 20. Events and dinners fill up quickly, so visit fireflourandfork.com to see if spots at your favorite chef’s table are still available.

The Virginia Moonshine Festival brings its legal white lightning to the Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 2-7 p.m. Plenty of food will be on offer and along with Uber, Provide-a-Ride can get you home. vamoonshinefestival.com.

Max’s Postive Vibe Café’s Souper Bowl III rolls out on Saturday, Nov. 19, as well, at the Stratford Hills Shopping Center from 12:30-4:30 p.m. positiveviberva.com.

This article has been updated to reflect the closure of C-Street Restaurant & Wine Bar.

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