Word on the street food
The Downtown Mall’s Fifth Street has been busy this season. Joining the newly opened Downtown Deli, Tempo, and Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar will be a Northern Chinese-influenced street food spot located between Wilson Investments and the Downtown Deli. The kitchen hood’s been installed and owner Song Song is shooting for a November opening. That’s music to our ears.
Spicing up the Market
The little hut off the Main Street Market that used to house Mountain Lumber Company’s local showroom (it’s moved to the corner of West Main and Ridge streets) will soon be home to The Spice Diva. And who, exactly, is that diva? Her real name is Phyllis Hunter and she’s already lent some of her spicy mixtures, like basil salt and peppercorn, to Caromont Farm’s fresh goat cheese balls at Meet Yer Eats in September.
Ragazzi’s Italian Restaurant in the Shoppers World Court on 29N has closed after more than 10 years of business. Toliver House in Gordonsville, which reopened under new ownership last October, has closed as well.