Weekly Food Notes: Noodles, Cocktails + More


Did you hear, did you hear? But how could you not? Team Hagglünd-Leggett-Liu (Mattias Hagglünd of Shagbark, the Roosevelt’s Thomas Leggett and Kevin Liu of the Tin Pan and Carytown Cupcakes) announced that they were planning a cocktail bar called the Jasper in the Carey Burke Carpets space next door to the bakery. The power trio plans an end-of-the-year opening.

Kanoa Latin Food, Bar & Art has reopened and launched a new menu. The East Grace Street restaurant is still pan-Latin American-focused with a few Venezuelan flourishes from its owner, but it's added a few things. You’ll find subs with diced onion, tomatoes and cheese with a variety of meat options and topped with potato sticks, cilantro and rosado sauce. Burgers take on a Latin flair with avocado, queso fresca and pineapple sauce options, and you'll also find plenty of entrees and Mexican favorites.

Little Saint opened its doors in the Devil’s Triangle in the spot most recently occupied by Deco Ristorante. It’s owned by Frances Santarella, wife of the late Ted Santarella who founded Tarrant’s Café, Tarrant’s West and Max’s on Broad. You’ll find oysters, bison burgers, Autumn Olives Farm pork and the intriguing rockfish chicharrones on its Virginia-based menu.

Thirstys Bar & Grill and its New Orleans-influenced menu will take over the old Kinsfolk spot next to Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream at 3514 Forest Hill Ave., reports the Times-Dispatch.

Presto: Belly Timber is now Beauvine Burger Concept, every pun intended. The space has been given a facelift and the menu now sports fabulously gourmet burgers, milkshakes and duck-fat fries. Two new owners have come on board, Kelsey Aiken and Eric Stangarone, who join Belly Timber founders Randy O’Dell, Patrick Stamper. The new spot is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Virginia Commonwealth University students are always hungry and when L’Apple closed at Harrison and Grace streets, one more independent option disappeared. Soon, however, Ramen Spot will provide bowls brimming with carbs to the masses, Richmond BizSense reports, although no more details were available other than its name.

Patina Restaurant & Bar is shutting its doors, reports RVAHub West End. “Our little family business just could not continue to compete in the booming restaurant industry in Short Pump,” it stated on its Facebook page.

I’m late hearing the sad news, but the Betty on Davis closed on Friday. And according to Richmond magazine, Yaki isn’t renewing its lease, although owner John Maher is looking for a new space for the Japanese-style tavern on West Broad Street — and that's great news.

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