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Luck O' the Jewrish

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Owner Michael Ripp says he's trying to give Richmonders something they can't get elsewhere in town, real New York bagels, for one. "Most bagels today are just like bread, they don't have any tug to them," he says.

His are boiled and baked the traditional way, and you can watch them being made in the exposed kitchen. The deli also features two big rotisseries where turkey, roast beef and other meats will be roasted. It will also offer homemade flavored cream cheeses, a fresh seafood counter, salad bar and juice bar blending vegetable and fruit juices.

Ripp isn't worried about people not wanting to come to the Bottom, in fact he's planning on opening two other restaurants (a butcher shop and a Mexican restaurant) on the other side of the Farmers' Market.

"[There's] megapotential," he says, "It's just marketing it in the right way to get people down here." In addition to participating in the six festivals put on by the Farmers' Market, Ripp plans to borrow the market's Tomato Local, a painted school bus, to drive through downtown during lunchtime, picking up hungry workers. He also hopes traffic will increase in February when Main Street Station is scheduled to run Amtrak trains through downtown. The station's doors are just up the cobblestone street between two of his restaurants, O'Brienstein's and Havana '59, where he plans to set up a patio in the spring. It's all part of his plan to help the Bottom become what he thinks of as "the Adam's Morgan of Richmond." — Carrie Nieman

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