We've got lunch all week figured out for you. RVA Sandwich Week kicked off on Monday, Aug. 20. Sixteen restaurants are participating, each offering a specialty sandwich for either $5 or $6 and the chance to win a $100 Visa card.
Download the passport at rvasandwichweek.com to keep track of all the sandwiches you try, and be sure to have your server initial and date the sheet after each one. Available sandwiches include a roasted turkey and brie baguette at Chez Foushee, a tuna melt at Liberty Public House, a 'mater sammich at Union Market and a pressed chipotle steak flatiron at Wood and Iron.
Don't forget to submit your signed and dated passport to firstname.lastname@example.org or the Style Weekly office at 24 E. Third St. after you visit three or more restaurants.
In recent weeks, two restaurants within a block of each other in the Fan have announced their imminent closures.
Starlite Dining and Lounge, at 2600 W. Main St., will soon stop serving its pub-style food like cheese fries, wings, burgers and sandwiches. The restaurant, which has been operating since 2002, will hold brunch, lunch and dinner one last time on Saturday, Sept. 1. According to Rueger Restaurant Group operations director Shannon Conway, the space will soon house a concept similar to the restaurant group's popular Scott's Addition restaurants Lunch and Supper.
"We know a lot of our regulars are sad to say goodbye, but they also know we're coming back with something they'll love from a brand we've worked hard to make very popular in RVA, Lunch and Supper," Conway says by email. " We're really grateful for the way the city has embraced Lunch and Supper, and we're excited to share a new concept that will play off these restaurants."
She doesn't share many more details than that, but does note that the new restaurant will serve as an "ode to one of RVAs favorite meal times!" I see you, Brunch. The goal is for the new concept to be up and running by January. "We've loved serving Richmond as Starlite, and we can't wait to invite the #RVADine community to our newest addition!" Conway says.
About 400 feet away, Continental Divide is also preparing for Sept. 1 to be its final day. The second iteration of the brick-and-mortar spot in Charlottesville that's been serving tacos and an extensive tequila selection for more than two decades, the restaurant at 2501 W. Main St. never took off the way the original did. A Monday post on Continental Divide's Facebook page reveals that for the remaining weeks, happy hour will be extended to Tuesdays-Sundays, and "a couple more fundraisers and dance parties" will take place before closing day.
The post says the owners intend to search for a new Richmond location, but in the meantime, its truck Divide Ride Tacos will continue to show up around town to sling tacos, nachos and quesadillas.
For the third year in a row, the Veil Brewing Co. is holding the Forever Summer Fest. Held on Saturday, Aug. 25, the all-day celebration will benefit ChildSavers, a Richmond-based nonprofit committed "to the mental well-being of children and the positive bond between adult and child."
Beer from all over the country will be available by the 3-ounce pour. Breweries represented include Allagash Brewing Co., Hill Farmstead Brewery, Jackie O's Pub and Brewery, Sante Adarius Rustic Ales, the Answer Brewpub and Tired Hands Brewing Co. This year, the focus is on the "wild, funky, sour styles." If you want to brush up on sours before heading to the festival, check out Paul Brockwell's piece from earlier this year at styleweekly.com.
Tickets cost $100 per person, and the festival consist of three, three-hour sessions. Guests get one pour from each brewery and souvenir glassware.