SOUTHBOUND

Kylene Wimmer waits on a table at Southbound restaurant in the Stony Point Shopping Center Saturday, February 28, 2015.

Here's some more fantastic national press for Richmond's dining scene: Southbound restaurant in the Stony Point shopping center was named one of America’s best new restaurant by Bon Appétit.

It's part of the magazine's annual "Hot 10" list in which it starts with 50 staff-selected nominees.

"Over the last several months, Andrew Knowlton and Julia Kramer criss-crossed the country seeking out the truly original, innovative, and unexpected cooking taking place right now. These are the spots that killed it this year."

Acclaimed Richmond chefs Lee Gregory and Joe Sparatta, along with partner Matt Gottwald, opened the restaurant at 3036 Stony Point Dr. in November 2014.

"(This nomination) is all about our staff," Gregory said. "These guys have gotten crushed since day one. They are the ones that need the recognition. I'm so happy for the neighborhood; it's something to hang our hats on."

The final 10 for Bon Appétit's Hot 10 will be announced on Aug. 18, but check out what the magazine had to say about Southbound, the only Virginia restaurant on the list:

"Don’t let the shopping center location fool you; this isn’t a take-out joint. Southbound strikes the right note between ambitious farm-to-table restaurant and neighborhood gem. No surprise, given that chefs Lee Gregory and Joe Sparatta—the force behind some of the most popular restaurants in Richmond—are running the show."



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