Food & Drink

It’s game on at Firefly, the new restaurant and arcade at the corner of Market Street and Meade Avenue. Photo: Michael Johnson.

Arcade-restaurant combo Firefly opens, Local Food Hub turns 5, and more local restaurant news

Woolen Mills barcade Firefly makes its debut It’s been a long three months for Mark Weber and Ben Quade, the masterminds behind Charlottesville’s newest dinner-and-drinks spot. Weber bought the two-story Woolly Mammoth space at the corner of Market Street and Meade Avenue in July of this year, shortly after he began intensive chemotherapy for a […]

Melissa Close-Hart will add to Belmont’s restaurant boom with her yet-to-be named restaurant. Photo: Jackson Smith.

Melissa Close-Hart leaves Palladio, restaurants take Thanksgiving reservations and other local restaurant news

Close-Hart keeps big plans ‘quiet for now’ Melissa Close-Hart has been gathering awards as head chef at Palladio restaurant in Barboursville for the past 14 years, so news that she’s striking out on her own has the local food world buzzing. “I was ready for a new challenge or adventure,” said Close-Hart, whose plans were […]