People eat lunch at the Urban Farmhouse Market & Café Saturday, April 11, 2015.

The Urban Farmhouse is expanding yet again.

The Richmond-based fast-casual chain, which launched in Shockoe Slip in 2010, opened its sixth location last week at 1200 Semmes Ave. in Manchester.

The new spot is across from the SunTrust and UPS buildings.

And the Urban Farmhouse folks already are working on the seventh — this time inside the Linden Row Inn in downtown Richmond at First and Franklin streets.

That location is expected to open this spring.

The Urban Farmhouse serves sandwiches, salads, wine, beer, coffee and more for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.


A new Which Wich — a Dallas-based fast-causal sandwich shop — is in the works for the Virginia Commonwealth University area.

The shop is scheduled to open Monday at 1225 W. Broad St. and will serve its made-to-order sandwiches for lunch and dinner.


Chesterfield diners should get ready for a whole new Pescados restaurant because Ian Kelley, founder and owner of Sugar Shack Donuts, is a partner in the restaurant now.

Kelley said Pescados owner Todd Manley has always been a mentor to him.

“He’s actually the reason I skipped culinary school and started cooking when I was in high school,” he said. “When the opportunities came up that I could get involved with my favorite restaurant, I had to pounce.”

So Pescados, which opened in 2002 at 13126 Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County, will close Feb. 1-4 for menu tweaks and interior revamps. Draft beers, happy hour and Sunday brunch also are in the works. Kelley hopes to launch a Pescados food truck in the spring.

“Looking forward, we plan to open a second location in Charlottesville next year,” he said.

Kelley also is looking for a spot for a Sugar Shack Donuts in Charlottesville.

A Sugar Shack Donuts truck is awaiting inspection.


There have been some pretty exciting accolades for Richmond dining recently.

National Geographic Traveler magazine picked some of the top places in the world for food travelers in 2016, and Richmond was one of the 10 on the magazine’s list.

Among the international destinations: Tokyo, Japan; Sydney, Australia; Marrakech, Morroco; and Sicily, Italy. New Orleans is the other U.S. dining destination on the list.

The editors “scoured the globe to bring you the top destinations to satisfy your every craving. Whether you’re hungry for exotic cuisine or thirsty for a cold one.”

“Richmond’s blend of English, Native American, and African-American influences help the city stand out” among Southern food cities, according to the magazine.

Heritage, Rappahannock and The Roosevelt were recommended as places to eat, and Richmond’s beer-and-booze scene — Strangeways Brewing, Ardent Craft Ales, Stone Brewing, Hardywood Park Craft Brewing and Blue Bee Cider, specifically — was touted as well.

Belmont Butchery and Richmond Brewery Tours also garnered mentions.

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