After nearly a decade in Richmond, Shula’s Steak House is closed.

The high-end Don Shula eatery opened at the end of 2009 inside The Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa in Short Pump. It closed this month.

“The Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa | Short Pump has decided to open an independent restaurant in the spirit of supporting local,” Meredith Wright, a hotel spokesperson, said. “Our chef has developed a great seasonal menu with some new cuisine and familiar favorites.”

Table Two Fifty is now open in its place and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner every day except Sunday, when it’s closed for dinner service. The restaurant is at 12042 W. Broad St.


Potbelly Sandwich Shop has opened its latest Richmond location at 1400 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd. in Scott’s Addition.

The new spot for the casual sandwich shop out of Chicago began serving lunch and dinner daily on April 19. The menu includes toasted sandwiches, salads and soups.


Dame Helen Mirren, the Academy Award-winning English actress, recently visited Pal’s restaurant in New Orleans where she ordered one of its craft cocktails: “The Helen F***ing Mirren” martini. Of course, she did.

The martini is made with Richmond-based Belle Isle Moonshine’s Honey Habanero. The actress even posted a selfie with the cocktail on Instagram.


Delivery has launched at The Big Kitchen in Scott’s Addition, and the Short Pump location is now open.

Big Kitchen Hospitality, the folks behind the Tazza Kitchen restaurants, launched the first The Big Kitchen location in January at 1600 Altamont Ave. in Scott’s Addition. The Short Pump location, which is next to the Short Pump Tazza Kitchen at 3332 Pump Road, opened last week.

The Big Kitchen serves prepared food such as chicken Alfredo for two ($13.99), buttermilk-brined fried chicken for two ($9.99), build-your-own nachos ($9.99), pizzas, salads, barbecue, sides, desserts, beer and wine, and more. Diners simply order online, select their pickup time, drive-thru (or there) and go (see review below).


Back door dogs are back at Dutch & Company restaurant in Church Hill.

Every Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. the restaurant at 400 N. 27th St. will be serving a different gourmet hot dog out of the back door of the restaurant.

And, new this time around, the restaurant will also offer late-night dogs from 9 to 10 p.m. Friday at the bar. Check the restaurant’s social media pages to find out that week’s selection.


Matt and Ted Lee, known as the Lee Brothers, will be at Longoven restaurant from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, to promote their book “Hotbox,” which looks at “the wild world of high-end catering.” Longoven co-owner and co-chef Patrick Phelan is featured in the book.

At the event, guests can meet the Lee Brothers and the Longoven team, plus enjoy a lunch, beer from The Veil, and a copy of the book.

Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at


Zaxby’s in Hanover is now open. The Georgia-based fast-food chain specializing in chicken opened Monday at 6535 Mechanicsville Turnpike. And The Habit Burger Grill is now open in Chesterfield County. The burger chain opened May 2 at 11309 Midlothian Turnpike, across from Chesterfield Towne Center.

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