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Blue Light Grill recently started serving lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and, according to co-owner Rich Ridge, may go to every day of the week. Staff photo

The lunch bunch: Downtown Mall lunch scene continues shake-up

Lunch may not mean all that much to you and me. The meal’s far less “important” than breakfast, so they say, and at best it’s kind of like dinner’s kid brother. The kid brother who makes you eat salad. But if you’re a restaurant proprietor on C’ville’s Downtown Mall, you probably do a pretty good […]

In our area, slate roofs are popular due to our proximity to Buckingham Slate, a major domestic producer. Photo: Courtesy W.A. Lynch Roofing

Up on the housetop: Replacing your roof? Here’s what you should know

Hate to break it to you, but that tin roof on your love shack is rusted. Time for a replacement. What are your options? Bruce Martin, an estimator and project coordinator for Charlottesville’s Blue Ridge Roofing, said metal roofs, created by paneling together solid sheets at junctions called “standing seams,” are actually quite popular in […]

Lauren Hoffman may be the most successful local talent you’ve never heard of. Check out her new band The Secret Storm on Friday at the Southern. Publicity photo

Little bit fixed: Lauren Hoffman shifts back into the local spotlight

Lauren Hoffman had never heard of Paste Magazine. But in 2006, soon after the release of her most acclaimed record Choreography, the LP’s lead single was included on one of the national magazine’s music samplers alongside the likes of The Hold Steady, Bright Eyes and The Shins. It wasn’t the only reach enjoyed by “Broken,” […]

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In style: These craft brews ain’t your grandma’s IPAs

What’s longer, the list of IPAs made by American craft breweries, or the span of every beard from every American brewmaster laid end to end? It’s a trick question, because both are still growing. What’s with the beards is anyone’s guess, but Three Notch’d Brewing Company owner Dave Warwick says there’s good reason for the […]

The Barbeque Exchange. Photo: John Robinson

Mind your BBQs: Is Virginia the next barbecue destination?

When it comes to barbecue, could Virginia ever be on the level of Texas or Kansas? The Barbeque Exchange’s Craig Hartman thinks so. “Virginia was once the epicenter, and when people moved away they did barbecue,” Hartman says. “The first written advertisements in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, they all said come to Virginia for […]