Weekly Food Notes: Secretariat, Sandwiches + More

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The Valentine History Museum will soon gain Garnett’s Cafe as a partner. The second location of Kendra Feather’s Fan sandwich spot will go into the space most recently occupied by Sally Bell’s Kitchen. thevalentine.org

Idle Hands Bread Co. keeps getting bigger. And for the bakery to keep up with itself, owner Jay Metzler is raising money to buy a new oven that will double its production capacity through a GoFundMe campaign, Richmond BizSense reports. You can check it out at gofundme.com/help-idle-hands-bread-company-grow.

Brookland Park Boulevard has started hopping: Hard on the heels of the news that Boogaloos Bar & Grill will open at 210 W. Brookland Park Blvd. and that Black Hand Coffee Co. is planning a coffee shop on the street to open in April, it appears that Brad Barzoloski, owner of the Lunchonette, will open the doors of Luncheonette Northside in the old Streetcar Cafe space. “Barzoloski said the Northside location will begin delivery and pick-up service within 1.5-miles of the eatery in coming months, and he hopes to open the dining portion by summer,” reports BizSense. luncheonetterva.com.

Willow Lawn’s American Tap Room space is now Hattie Mae's Southern Kitchen. You’ll find Southern standards such as fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits. hattiemaeskitchen.com.

Flora, the latest from Pasture and Comfort owners Michele Jones and Jason Alley, will open in the Balliceaux space on Friday with a menu of Oaxacan cuisine. No word on the chapulines yet, but Jones says they’re coming. facebook.com/florarva.

Happenings:

Strada @ Deco, a five-day pop-up at Deco Ristorante, with partners chef Daniel Nutty, Autumn Olive Farms, Early Bird Biscuit Co. & Bakery and Gelati Celesti, is happening right now and will last through March 25. You’ll find tasting menus that include things such as collard green pappardelle with pork ragu, clams oreganata with Calabrian pepper oil, gorgonzola and celery, and sweet potato gnocchi with porchetta and mascarpone meringue. Pop-up hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 5-9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5-10 p.m. decoristorante.com.

The Virginia Horse Festival at The Meadow Event Park is celebrating Secretariat's birthday on Friday, March 24 from 7-10 p.m. with Jason Alley’s Barn Appetit. Guests will dine around Meadow Hall and have a chance to meet members of the Secretariat racing team: Charlie Davis, Secretariat’s exercise rider, Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Secratariat’s owner, Penny Chenery, and Otto Thorwarth, who played the winning horse’s jockey, Ron Turcotte, in Disney’s film, “Secretariat.” virginiahorsefestival.com.

And on Monday, March 27, Metzger Bar & Butchery is going tropical with Hawaiian poke and special cocktails. Iki Kai starts at 5 p.m. facebook.com/metzgerbarandbutchery.

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