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Hole'd up?

Hole'd up?

When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade. When life hands you a restaurant, you make good, old-fashioned comfort food. That is, not until you overhaul the whole place. Lex Gibson (right) and Naomi Annable have been in full-on renovation mode for six months now, doing nearly all the construction work (and even some electrical) […]

Work that kills

Work that kills

Maybe local hunter Jackson Landers doesn’t know where he’s been—in the press, that is, as he hadn’t yet seen his mention in last week’s Food and Drink Annual when we called—but he sure knows where he’s going. “I spend a lot of time in the boondocks,” he says, all in the name of research for […]

Bye bye bakery?

Bye bye bakery?

 Now that construction has begun on Bill Atwood’s Waterhouse project on Water Street, which demolished the building that formerly housed Sidetracks and Balkan Bakery, we’re wondering: Is it curtains for the southeastern European eatery? Anja Cetic will open The Roof within the next month. The restaurant, which is located on West Main in the building […]

Meals on wheels

Coming soon to a parking space near you: The Lunchbox. The latest in a string of food cart developments already reported on this year, Josef Young and Daniel Heilberg’s bright red 18’x8’ pull-behind trailer will bring yummies right to you (and your tummy).  Young and Heilberg, recent James Madison University grads with degrees in business, […]

Semolina is worth its wait

Semolina is worth its wait

One thing we’ll say for Semolina: The Corner restaurant sure knows how to build the anticipation. It was a little over a year ago when Restaurantarama first mentioned Raif Antar’s new gourmet pizza joint coming to West Main. Good news! It opened last week. Semolina owner Raif Antar (pictured) and General Manager Rebecca Deeds overhauled […]

Fair to midtown

Fair to midtown

Here’s a very early traffic alert, diners: Come September 11, a street fair between Fourth and Seventh streets will shut down that entire portion of West Main from 9am to 7pm

The Hole shebang

The Hole shebang

It’s kind of like something out of It Could Happen To You, the movie with Nicolas Cage and Bridget Fonda in which a cop promises to split his not-yet-won lottery winnings with a diner waitress. Except, in our local version, Nicolas Cage would have split soon after the waitress inherited her piece of the prize. […]

'It's a good thing'

'It's a good thing'

Tony Bonanno has staying power. Sure, he’s been out of the restaurant game for three years, but the one-time Northern Exposure chef has spent two months renovating his new Ruckersville restaurant, Tony Gees.  Tony Gees’ owner Tony Bonanno is back in the restaurant biz after a long stint at Northern Exposure as executive chef. Bonanno […]