Lemuria returns to Strange Matter TONIGHT with friends and 'Get Better' cover set in tow

Despite currently residing in different cities, the distance has brought the bandmates of Lemuria closer than before.


GOOD EATS RVA 002: Restaurant closings, Pie Hole Pizza opens, & Don't Look Back owner to test out new concept in Carytown

So if case you missed RVA Magazine's announcement on Feb. 7, we recently launched a new restaurant/food column called Good Eats RVA. Every other week we will bring you the latest in local restaurant news, trends, mouth-watering food photos, and other little tasty tidbits we think you know about. You can check out the first edition here.

We've got a big helping this go around, so make some room on your plate and pull up a chair and get ready for some GOOD EATS.

Gold Cart Pop-Up at Comfort

Gold Cart, a locally-sourced, globally-inspired pop up restaurant series in Richmond, will make an appearance at Comfort this Sunday. They will serve up Quebecois cuisine, cocktails, and $1 beers. 6-9 pm. 200 W. Broad St. Check out the menu below.

Elbys award winners

Local restaurants and chefs won big at Richmond Magazine's annual restaurant awards show The Elbys over the weekend. Top honors went to David Shannon, chef/owner of L’Opossum for Chef of the Year, and his restaurant at 626 China St., was took home the Restaurant of the Year award.

Check out the rest of the winners:

Best New Restaurant: Nota Bene
Brewery of the Year: Triple Crossing
Best Everyday and Casual: Perly's Restaurant and Delicatessen
Wine Program of the Year: Secco Wine Bar
Cocktail Program of the Year: The Roosevelt
Local Food Purveyor: Tomten Farms
Local Food/Bverage Product of the Year: Reservoir Distillery Rye Whiskey
RVA Dine Philanthropist of the Year: Aline Reitzer
Rising Star: Trevor Knotts of East Coast Provisions

Richmond Black Restaurant Week

From March 6-12, a number of local Black-owned restaurants, coffee shops and other establishments will celebrate Richmond Black Restaurant Week to offer dining deals to bring in new customers and raise awareness. Accordiing to the Facebook page, 20 restaurants are participating including Croaker's Spot, Mama J's, Sugar's Crab Shach, Charlie's Kitchen and more. Stay tuned to a more in-depth interview on this new event. Enjoy $15.00 two course lunches and $25.00 three course dinners.

Richmond restaurants named semi-finalists for James Beard Awards

Two Richmond restaurants have been named semifinalists by The James Beard Foundation for its 27th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Selected from a list of over 24,000 online entries, the prestigious group of semifinalists in 21 categories represents a wide range of culinary talent, from exceptional chefs and dining destinations in ten different regions across the U.S., to the nation’s top wine and spirits professionals, best new restaurants, rising star chefs, pastry chefs, and bakers

Evrim Dogu, of Sub Rosa Bakery is a semifinalist in the Outstanding Baker category and Brittanny Anderson of Metzger Bar and Butchery is named a semifinalist for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic.

Winners of the 2017 James Beard Media Awards will be announced on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at an exclusive event honoring the nation's top cookbook authors, culinary broadcast producers and hosts, and food journalists at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

Julep's New Southern Cuisine Now Serving Brunch

Julep's New Southern Cuisine began serving brunch on Sunday, Feb. 12. Brunch will be served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bottomless "Mint Julep's" Champagne. House made fruit purees of the day. House made sausage.

Beer, Bourbon Burger Tuesdays at Postbellum

So if you need a reason to go out on a Tuesday, head to Postbellum. The restaurant at 1323 W. Main St. is offering their classic burger, a shot of bourbon, and a 12 oz VA draft beer for $15 on Tuesdays. 5-9 pm.

February Pizza Club: Stephanie Ganz of The Apple Cart

If you haven't heard about RVA's monthly Pizza Club by now, then you need to get with it. Here is our story on it with creator Victoria DeRoche of Nota Bene to catch you up. This month's Club will feature Stephanie Ganz of The Apple Cart and her Hungarian Mushroom Soup-inspired Pizza and signature cocktail. Sun. Feb. 26. 5-9 pm.

American Taproom has closed

American Taproom at Willow Lawn has closed. It was announced on their Facebook page today, but officially closed its doors earlier this month. Pheast Food Group will introduce Hattie Mae's Southern Cuisine and Oyster Bar in its place.

Pie Hole Pizza

On Feb. 8, Neapolitan pizza restaurant Pie Hole Pizza opened at 412 England St. in Ashland. The features 24 taps of craft beer and brick oven pizzas fired at 900 degrees. Check out the menu below:

Anchor Bar opens in Stony Point

Buffalo wing chain Anchor Bar opened in the Stony Point Shopping Center over the weekend. In addition to several kinds of wings, the menu boasts fried pickles, nachos, chicken, pasta and more. Check out their full menu here. The New York-based chain has eight other locations.

Charm School opens on West Broad Street

So we're a little late to the game with this one, but its ice cream so we think you'll still be pretty excited. Charm School opened up back in December serving up homemade ice cream, milkshakes and baked goods at 311 W Broad St. Flavors run the gamut and change frequently but here's a few to get your mouth watering: Cereal Milk, Madagascar Vanilla, Peanut Butter Fudge, Mint Chocolate Crisp, Ginger, Peppermint Stick, Earl Grey, Cinnadoodle. Vegan flavors also served. Hours: Thursday 12pm - 9pm, Friday/Saturday 12pm - 11pm, Sunday 12pm - 9pm.

Capital Ale House partners with Seven Hills Food Company

Back in the fall, Capital Ale House announced their partnership with Seven Hills Food Company and on Oct. 8, the restaurant changed its burgers and steak selection to local, healthier, and better quality meat through the Lynchburg-based company.

“We have been dedicated to supporting local Virginia craft beer, local businesses and organizations, but have yet to show our dedication to Virginia agriculture. We can’t wait to serve local, pasture-raised, antibiotic and hormone free beef," said Matt Simmons, President of Capital Ale House in a news release.

Main story: Don't Look Back owner to open new rotating-theme restaurant concept in Richmond, Eleven Months

Never one for sitting back on his haunches, RVA restaurateur Hamooda Shami is always looking for the next exciting move to make when it comes to his businesses.


Gov. McAuliffe vetoes bill that would have cut funding to Planned Parenthood

Governor Terry McAuliffe held a conference on the front lawn of the Governor’s Mansion to publicly veto HB2264, a bill which passed the General Assembly last week that sought to prevent Planned Parenthood from contracting with the state. The veto of HB2264 is McAuliffe’s 75th veto during his time in office and it may not be his last.


For third year in a row, governor vetoes ‘Tebow bill’

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday vetoed the so-called Tebow bill that would have allowed home-schooled students to participate in high school sports.


Langston Hughes' epic jazz-poetry experience "Ask Your Mama" gets live performance at Singleton Center tonight for FREE

In 1957, Langston Hughes presented his essay “Jazz and Communication” on a panel at the Newport Jazz Festival. He addressed jazz and the blues’ reverberation through the country; from dixie roots and north-urban streets and clubs, the music was a powerful exchange. He begins the essay, “You can start anywhere - Jazz as Communication - since it’s a circle, and you yourself are the dot in the middle.”


McAuliffe vetoes two concealed weapons bills

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed two bills Monday relating to concealed weapons – one involving handgun permits and the other pertaining to switchblade knives.


Jaavondies and Kelsie show raw, youthful devotion with warm R&B soul on 'The Love Diaries'

The only thing that local independent artist and producer Jaavon obsesses over more than death, is love.


Richmond Symphony and Windborne Music team up for David Bowie cover concert at Altria this weekend

The genius of David Bowie's innovative range of musical styles influenced multiple generations of groundbreaking music. Hear his iconic music like never before when the Richmond Symphony, joined by a full rock band, performs Windborne’s “Music of David Bowie” on Saturday, February 25 at 8pm at the Altria Theater.


Assembly OKs amendment to help surviving spouses of disabled vets

RICHMOND – A constitutional amendment to expand a tax exemption for surviving spouses of disabled veterans has passed unanimously in the House and Senate.


Rapper Jawnii-Abhi teams up with Dr. Millionaire for sensual new track

“Did not expect moustachioed guy with hipster hat,” read a comment on the YouTube video for Jawnii-Abhi’s August 2016 single “Flip Phone.”

Despite the hipster aesthetic, the Richmond-native is not the sort of musician to pluck a guitar and croon. Instead, he raps.