They’re hoping to open their shop at 2505 E. Broad St. in early October, but they note in their Kickstarter pitch that they still need to buy some equipment and ingredients for their savory New Zealand-style, fit-in-your-hand meat and vegetable pies. (Smith, a former head chef at LuLu’s, grew up in New Zealand and wants to introduce these Down Under treats to Richmonders.) As of Friday afternoon, they had raised nearly $9,000 toward the $15,000 Kickstarter goal. Price notes that they plan to serve breakfast pies and pastries in addition to the savory flavors.
In other news, the café at the University of Richmond Downtown (626 W. Broad St.) is up and running. At UR Downtown’s invitation, editor-in-chief Susan Winiecki and I stopped by yesterday to sample a turkey pastrami Reuben (for her) and an Asian chopped salad (for me). Even though the café wasn’t officially open yet, customers were lining up, which seems like a sign that downtown workers are hungry for quick, healthful fare. A ribbon cutting is planned for 5 p.m. today, and the Richmond on Broad café will be open for the First Fridays Art Walk.
Also timed for First Fridays, the new food-truck court schedule has one court set up at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and one at 2512 E. Main St. (Click here to read an article about the new schedules, or visit foodtruckcourt.com and growrva.com.)
And over in Oregon Hill, Pescados China Street is changing its name to EAT after this weekend. The restaurant will be closed Sunday and relaunch with the new name and a revised menu on Monday. Some menu favorites — like the fish tacos — will remain, but there will be less emphasis on seafood and more items at lower prices, says head chef Trevor Knotts. “It’s going to allow myself and my kitchen to be more creative and spread our wings,” he says.
Among the new dishes planned are a big-cut rib-eye steak with potato knish, broccoli rabe and Gorgonzola butter; as well as a marinated pork loin over risotto cakes with coconut black beans, grilled zucchini and chimichurri Hollandaise. There will also be house-cured pastrami, Korean fried half game hens and surf-and-turf sliders with yuca fries.
Elsewhere, Libbie Market has expanded with a new store, called Libbie Market Ridgefield, at 10470 Ridgefield Parkway in the Gleneagles Shopping Center. To celebrate its opening, the market is offering a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult café meal. Previously called Joe’s Market, Libbie Market is owned by David Taylor and Buster Wright, both former Ukrop’s employees.
And The Fresh Market is putting the finishing touches on its 23,300-square-foot Carytown store, the company’s eighth location in Virginia, which opens at 9 a.m. on Sept. 19 at 10 N. Nansemond St. On that day, there will be chef demonstrations, food sampling and drawings for gift cards. The first 1,000 customers will receive a reusable shopping bag and sample-sized bag of the company’s gourmet coffee. A Panera Bread location will also be opening as part of the development.