The opening of Balliceaux this summer took its toll on Si Tapas, an also-cool neighbor across Lombardy Street. Si closed last week, a few days after its Charlottesville restaurant was stripped and shuttered. The demise comes after a series of personnel changes and blog complaints that its tapas, once acclaimed, had gotten too pricey for satiety.
In Richmond, owner Mo Roman is rebranding the Fan district business as Pie, a sibling to his stalled project of the same name downtown. That prime corner restaurant is months or longer from completion, despite intentions to augment the CenterStage district far sooner.
Pie will serve and deliver pizzas, panini, bruschetta and other light Italian fare in the less-than-$20 range, with its bar business a continued focal point in the intimate two-story space.
Roman, meanwhile, fights battles beyond the usual financial and logistic concerns facing restaurateurs. He's appealing an assault conviction against a female bartender who once was his employee. 214 N. Lombardy St. 257-7940.
Without ice: Now serving in the former club known as Infuzion is lunch and dinner at a different-looking and -acting Infuzion. David and Julie Wheeler, who owned the building, took over the business after it faltered last year. They've made sweeping interior changes, list a respectable-casual dress code, which means collared shirts, and serve lunch and dinner from chef Patrick Cook in a dining room converted from a lounge. Seafood, salads, sandwiches, steaks and pastas are on the menu — but the ice bar is iffy as a comeback feature. Lunch pricing is about $10; dinner entrees are mostly less than $20. Lunch and happy hours Tuesday through Friday; bar and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. 1401 Roseneath Road. 447-6852.
Cup half full: CafAc Caturra opened its Short Pump location and promptly closed its Midlothian spot on Alverser Drive.
Buon birthday: In the long-running-for-a-reason category, Amici Ristorante turns 18 this month. To celebrate, customers can choose an appetizer, soup or salad, a pasta and a dessert from the regular menu for $25 Sundays through Wednesdays through Oct. 25. Bottles of wine are reduced 25 percent on those nights as well. “People are starting to catch on that we've been here a long time but look different now,” chef and owner Carlo M. Gaione says, because of a full renovation. 3343 W. Cary St. 353-4700. www.amiciristorante.net.
Beer boom: It used to take Legend Brewing a month to roll out 2,000 cases of its big-bottled beer. Now it's doing that much volume in a week to fill shelves at 200 local stores. Legend Brown Ale six-packs are first off the belt in this major local expansion; lager, pale ale and golden IPA are on deck. www.legendbrewing.com.
Tastes like Nirvana: Wines of the Pacific Northwest find their way to Savor for an Oct. 23 dinner at 6:30 p.m. The menu's fall-ified, with pumpkin and Walla Walla onion risotto, ginger sweet potato soup, salmon and apple pie, along with chef Ellie Basch's hospitality. It's $45 all-inclusive, by reservation. In Manchester at 201 W. Seventh St. 527-2867. www.savorcompany.com.
Hot team: The Cool Smoke team placed third overall in the American Royal Invitational Barbecue championship in Kansas City, Mo., last weekend, with particularly strong scores for brisket and pork. Tuffy Stone leads Cool Smoke and operates Q Barbeque here.
Meat miscue: Last week we listed menu changes at Bank restaurant downtown, including beef purportedly from local suppliers. Tanya Cauthen, who owns and operates Belmont Butchery, says that although Bank's new menu mentions her ground beef as a feature ingredient, she's not providing that or any product to the restaurant. Also, for the second time, vandals smashed a window at the butchery on Sunday night. Cauthen and Richmond Police are investigating.
The Belvidere at Broad - Seafood, burgers, organic lasagna, gluten-free and veg options in casual, moderately-priced cafe with bar. Dinner Tue.—Sat. 506 W. Broad St. 344-0644. www.thebelvidere.com.
Balliceaux - Modern setting for salads, sandwiches, entrees, craft cocktails, local ingredients, desserts. Moderate prices. Some live music. Lunch Tue.—Fri, dinner Mon.—Sat. 203 N. Lombardy St. 355-3008. www.balliceauxrva.com.
City Dogs in the Fan - Specialty hot dogs, burgers, wings and salads in a second location for this popular spot. ABC license pending. Current hours: daily 11 a.m - 9 p.m. 1309 W. Main St. 359-3647.
Infuzion - Newly decorated dining room and lounge; steaks, pasta, seafood, cocktails. Lunch Tue.—Fri.; bar and dinner Tue.—Sat. 1401 Roseneath Road. 447-6852. $$
Bouchon - Casual, updated setting with bar for traditional French bistro fare; mussels, hanger steaks, frites, tartare, escargot. Weekday lunch, dinner Mon.—Sat. 1209 E. Cary St. 225-9116. www.bistrobouchon.com.
Aziza's on Main - New dinner hours at Lebanese-inspired cafAc with local foods, casual retro setting, desserts. Wines, prepared foods for take-out. Weekday lunch, weekend brunch, dinner Thu. and Fri. 2110 E. Main St. 344-1523.
Aztek Grill - Open for lunch, dinner and bar daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Authentic Latin-American fare, vegetarian options. 1726 E. Main St. 225-7208. $