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Weekly Food Notes: Fancy Sodas, Brewery Expansion, Fried Chicken + More



Grocery news, again: Kroger announced that for its Chesterfield store at 10800 Iron Bridge Road, online ordering would be available with curbside pickup for a $4.95 fee, starting next month. The idea is to expand the service to all stores in the Richmond area by the end of the year. Quick reminder: Relay Foods already does this. Pickup is free at one of its 33 weekly locations, and it delivers to your home for a fee of $12-$15.

New guy: Johnson and Wales graduate Todd Hicks joined the kitchen at Patina Restaurant & Bar as executive chef and is planning a new winter menu.

Opening and expanding: Roaring Pines, an old-timey-style general store with a name that makes me think it could be a shop in “Twin Peaks,” is now open at 2025 Venable St. Folks are raving about handmade sodas made with a bevy of unusual flavors, including spruce. … Triple Crossing Brewing purchased a 30,000-square-foot building on 4 acres at 5203 Hatcher St., just off Williamsburg Road, and plans to move there at the end of the year. Its current spot on Foushee Street will become a second tasting room. ... Bonchon, home of double-fried Korean chicken, announced that it’s opening a new location in Midlothian and another in Mechanicsville.

Happenings: On Saturday, Feb. 20, from noon-2 p.m., Streetcar Café at 10 E. Brookland Park Blvd. will hold a chocolate and coffee tasting with Ironclad Coffee Roasters and Chocolates by Kelly. …Patrick Henry Pub will host a Bell’s Winter Beer Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., with Bell’s Brewery beers paired with five courses of duck-inspired dishes. Tickets are $55.

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