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Positive Vibe CafA©: Shawn Scott replaces chef Rob Hamlin in the kitchen and at the smoker, where he's turning out smoked salmon and smoked buffalo brisket; he's also specializing in Floribbean seafood dishes and the cafe's usuals, like mile-high quiche and gyros. The Vibe hosts Christmas in July on the 26th, with live music, 1-9 p.m., and some crazy decked halls. Donations of canned foods for the Central Virginia Food Bank are encouraged. 2825 Hathaway Road. 560-9622.
Vegetarian Society of Richmond: Dinner at Zuppa, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. 103 N. 18th St., www.zuppa.org. $15 includes dinner and beverage, tax, gratuity. Chilled tomato mango soup with green onion relish or gazpacho with avocado salsa; veggie cakes or black bean cakes; vegan chocolate torte with sour strawberry sauce. For reservations, call 344-4356 or visit www.vegetarianrichmond.org.
 
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Richmond's affection for the hole-in-the-wall is admirable, especially in this age of megachain restaurants. Witness the popularity of Ipanema CafA©, Chiocca's, Table 9 and other small spots with dedicated regulars. Bistro 104, in its third-this-century incarnation in Shockoe Bottom, hopes to claim that kind of devotion, and not just for booze but for food too.
Douglas Fowler is convinced there's a market for the dinner service he and his nephew Justin Fowler offer, along with their lunch, takeout and catering service. They have pastas, rib eyes, salmon, crab cakes and other under-$20 entrA©es on the menu, and now that their ABC license is in hand, a surprisingly vast liquor selection of some 90 spirits in the 15-seat room.
"I've been designing drink menus for the last 12 years," Doug Fowler says, "and this is a well-balanced selection with great beers in bottles and cans" that's capturing the attention of many Shockoe Bottom workers who come in after their late shifts. Bistro 104 is open Monday through Saturday for lunch, dinner and drinks. 104 N. 18th St. 343-0051.
 
 

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