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Surfish Station and Raw Bar opens this week; The Old Original Bookbinders Restaurant opens a franchise location in Richmond; Avalon Restaurant has a new fall menu; Richmond's annual Armenian Food Festival

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Richmond has a new raw bar. It's called the Surfish Station and Raw Bar and it's slated to open this week. Co-owners Mike Joseph and Jeff Royster (who also own Park Avenue Grill) hope to have things up and running by Tuesday, Oct. 10, but advise hungry seafood cravers to call ahead. 2905 Patterson Ave. 354-9000.

Considered a Philadelphia landmark, the 100+-years-old The Old Original Bookbinders Restaurant is opening a franchise location for the first time outside Philadelphia right here in Richmond. The 7,500-square-foot establishment will seat 200 and will serve upscale steak and seafood. It's set to unlock its doors to the public on Oct. 15 at 2317 E. Cary St. in Tobacco Row.

has a new fall menu. Maybe you've never tried the Fan-area restaurant, or maybe you haven't been in a while. Either way, this is a perfect time to try this restaurant. The brandy-roasted pork with dried fall fruits returns to the new menu, and new appetizers include the polenta and pistachio-crusted Brie and triple crostini. Of course, Avalon dishes up some eye-glazing desserts, like ginger pumpkin cheesecake. 2619 W. Main St. 353-9709.

Don't miss the annual Armenian Food Festival, a Richmond tradition for more than 42 years. It begins Thursday, Oct. 12, and runs through Saturday. Dishes like lentil soup, shish kabob and stuffed grape leaves (the festival promises plenty of vegetarian foods) plus tables full of Armenian breads and pastries will be prepared using centuries-old recipes. All the food will be priced individually by fixed plate or a-la-cart, available at the festival or for takeout. The festival will be open all three days, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at the St. James Armenian Church. 6300 Patterson Ave.

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