Weekly Food Notes: Doughnuts (Always!), Pizza + More

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Anderson’s Neck Oyster owners Michael and Laura Hild have formed Church Hill Ventures, a development company that aims to revitalize old neighborhoods. First up: the Hull Street business corridor. In 2018, look for Hot Diggity Donuts, a made-to-order doughnut shop that will also serve cocktails, beer and wine, and the Butterbean Market & Cafe, a small grocery stocked with staples and a cafe that serves soups, salads and sandwiches.

The big white building on the corner of Cary and Lombardy streets that once housed a gym will open at the beginning of the year as the Hop Craft Pizza & Beer. Owner Evan Byrne, formerly of Richmond Restaurant Group is planning to divide the space between a restaurant space for pizza and a retail operation selling beer.

On a visit to Switzerland, South African native Lynne Potgieter was denied entry when she wanted to come back home to Richmond. The owner of Jackson Ward’s Nettie’s Naturally, a bakery and wholesale operation that specialized in baked goods for people on special diets, had to give up her business and has started a new life in her old country. Still, the story has a slightly more upbeat ending, reports Richmond BizSense. Shola Walker, Potgieter’s assistant baker, has taken over the space at 100 W. Clay St., now renamed Mahogany Sweets, and is planning to offer a similar line of products with a Southern focus — with Potgieter’s blessing.

And don’t forget about the Richmond Potluck and Puerto Rico Relief event at the Anderson gallery on Friday, Oct. 6 starting at 5 p.m. Bring a dish to share, gaze at — or even purchase — interesting student artwork, enjoy a drum circle and maybe prepare a little something on the topic of food for the open mic. Art sales help benefit Puerto Rico, and the Anderson is collecting money and supplies.






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