Small Bites: This week’s restaurant news

Sweethaus is expanding! Photo: Cramer Photo Sweethaus is expanding! Photo: Cramer Photo

Moving haus
The transformation of the Random Row and Sweethaus building into a Marriott is in the offing, but fear not, cupcake-lovers. Tara Koenig’s moving her halcyon days-inspired sweets shop to the old Charlottesville Tire space at 843 W. Main St. It’s bigger (3,000 square feet to be exact!) and better (a new HVAC system will keep all that buttercream firm) and officially opening Wednesday, September 5, with a treat- and activity-filled 1st anniversary party on Monday, September 10th that will keep the kids (and the kid in you) in mind.

A river (of beer) runs through it
Our associations with beer and the James River are likely the cans we drink while floating down it. Now, that beer can be a local one enjoyed while overlooking the river from downtown Scottsville. The James River Brewing Company officially opened this past weekend with six beers on tap. The opening lineup consists of brewmaster Dustin Caster’s core four (a kolsch, an Irish wheat ale, an English southern bitter, and a British IPA), a seasonal, and his first reserve, Green-Eyed Lady—a Belgian strong ale brewed with pistachios. Who needs bar nuts when you can have ’em in your beer?

We knew him when
One of America’s rising star chefs, Jeremiah Langhorne, graduated from Albemarle High School a mere eight years ago and is returning to Charlottesville to cook a forage-themed dinner at The Clifton Inn on Wednesday, September 12. The 26-year-old got to know Clifton’s Executive Chef Tucker Yoder when they were both cooking at OXO. Now, Langhorne holds the impressive title of chef de cuisine at McCrady’s, the restaurant that, along with Husk, helped put Charleston and James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Sean Brock on the culinary map. The cost for the seven-course dinner is $75 and one that you won’t want to miss. Call 971-1800 for reservations.