The next round of Micro Grant Applications are available for the Arts and Cultural District.
The Arts and Cultural District Micro Grant Program is funded by the City of Richmond and administered by CultureWorks.
The Micro Grant Program is one of several recent city initiatives targeted to the Broad Street Arts and Cultural District. The purpose of the Program is to increase the activity and vibrancy of the Arts and Cultural District through the combined effect of several, small grant funded projects and improvements.
Grants are available for project support and capital improvements.
Project support grants of up to $1000 are designed to help fund special events, installations or activities presented within the boundaries of the District. Projects can be of any medium or cultural discipline and must have a component that is free and open to the general public. Capital improvements grants of up to $2500 are available to fund items that can increase an entity’s ability to host arts and cultural related activities for the general public.
find more information here: http://www.richmondcultureworks.org/services/
Another new restaurant is in the works in the 2000 block of West Broad Street near the Fan.
Next Restaurant and Bar is under construction in a former insurance office at 2007 W. Broad St. Just a few hundred feet away, the Pig & Pearl is being brought to life where the Republic once stood.
Next owner and head chef Zengfu Zheng, 28, leased the almost-3,000-square-foot space and began construction on the restaurant in June.
Zheng said it has taken about $80,000 to get the restaurant ready for a planned opening this month. He said he is financing the restaurant with money made from a restaurant he owns in Manhattan, but he would not name the New York eatery.
Next manager Sandy Wang said that the restaurant will serve Asian-style food and sushi and that entrees will cost about $15.
read the complete article here: http://www.richmondbizsense.com/2013/10/03/restaurant-wants-to-be-the-next-big-thing/
Governor Bob McDonnell and AMC announced today that Turn (working title), a new series for AMC being produced by AMC Studios, will be filming in Central Virginia. The pilot for the film was shot in the Richmond area earlier this year and AMC recently reported that it has ordered a ten-episode season of the show to premiere on AMC in 2014. Turn is based on the nonfiction book “Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring” by Alexander Rose. The story is centered on a band of young soldiers and civilians who were part of a top-secret spy ring that assisted George Washington and helped America to win the Revolutionary War.
A veteran of the Richmond restaurant scene is planting a second flag in the Fan.
Ron Morse next week will open Postbellum in the former Mulligan’s Sports Bar space at 1323 W. Main St.
“We’d been studying the location for a while,” Morse said. “Mulligan’s was very under utilized.”
Postbellum will be Morse’s third restaurant in Richmond. He also owns Baja Bean across the street and Station 2 in Shockoe Bottom. He has Baja Bean locations in Charlottesville and Staunton.
Koontz, who helped with construction, said using reclaimed materials played into the theme of the restaurant but slowed down renovations.
A tasting room has been added where patrons can get their growlers filled with beer, pick up a six-pack or grab a bottle of wine to take home.
The original construction of the tasting room structure occurred during the antebellum period.
“That’s kind of where we got the idea from [for the name],” Koontz said. “The bigger space was constructed after the Civil War, and we’re trying to evoke a mindset of growth or change.”
Postbellum will offer craft beer and traditional American fare, Koontz said, adding that he hopes to give his guests whatever they happen to be in the mood for.
“People will be able to have different experiences on different nights,” he said. “Someone could come in here and have dinner and a beer and spend $12, or they can come in and have dinner and a beer and spend $40.”
read the original article here: http://www.richmondbizsense.com/2013/09/25/a-new-era-begins-in-fan-restaurant-space/
Sweet Teas serves Southern soul food, but its specialty, as its name suggests, is a variety of home-brewed teas.
“People come for the teas,” said Shane Thomas, who manages the new restaurant. “I infuse them with fruit and secret spices that most people don’t take the time to use.”
Asare, 24, also owns Encore Ultra Lounge, which opened in November on South 12th Street.
The space has housed a number of restaurants, including 1800 Bar & Grill and Babe Girl Bar & Grill.
Thomas was an account manager in advertising and sales at Radio One for 10 years before getting into the restaurant and bar business. Asare had been an advertising client.
“I was helping him do some promotions,” Thomas said. “He is a mastermind when it comes to social marketing, and I am a mastermind when it comes to business planning.”
After interviewing more than 20 chefs, Asare and Thomas lured Gary Carter, 57, out of retirement to run the kitchen. Carter had worked for Mama Mary’s Sugar and Spice for about nine years before retiring.
Entrees cost about $12, and Sweet Teas has 12 employees.
read the original article here: http://www.richmondbizsense.com/2013/09/24/new-restaurant-sweetens-up-the-bottom/
The Cask Cafe, the coming-soon “open air cafe style beer bar and market” at 208 S. Robinson St. is slated to open in about a month. It will consist of a market and a cafe. The market side will feature a variety of wine, bottled beer, craft drafts via growlers, cheese, meats from Sausage Craft and breads from Flour Garden Bakery to-go, according to co-owner David Garrett.
Garrett, who’s spent his career working in wine and beer retail at places like River City Cellars and Carytown Beer and Wine, says the cafe portion will have a small menu of charcuterie meats and sandwiches for dine-in, plus the full wine and 12-tap beer selection.
"I don’t want t use the word bar and I don’t want to use the word restaurant," Garrett said. "Cafe was the only moniker that seemed to fit."
He says the spot, which has opening garage doors and adjacent parking, will be most like a European beer cafe.
The owners of Commercial Taphouse, down the street, are also partners in Cask Cafe.
read the original article here: http://www.richmond.com/food-drink/dish/article_484cf292-1bbd-11e3-8d69-0019bb30f31a.html?mode=image&photo=0