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Doughnut shops team up

Usually chefs are hesitant to swap their prized recipes, but for a couple of local doughnut shops, sharing their sugary treats with each other has proved to be the perfect recipe for sweet success.

Last month, Glen Allen-based Daylight Donuts merged with Dixie Donuts in Carytown to bring their customers each other’s doughnuts.

Both will remain open, but as of Jan. 1, Daylight Donuts became the second Dixie Donuts.

Daylight’s yeast-glazed doughnuts are now being sold at the Carytown shop and Dixie Donuts, known for their gourmet specialty treats, sent some of their recipes over to the former Daylight Donuts including one called The Virginian, which has sweet potato icing and pecans.

M Bistro and Wine Bar closing Feb. 1

A Rocketts Landing restaurant is closing its doors Feb. 1.

M Bistro and Wine Bar announced by e-mail last night that it would close after three years in business.

"The friendships, business partnerships and relationships we have developed over the past few years make this a very difficult letter to write," Chef Michael Hall wrote. "Please know that it was a very difficult decision for us to make as our lease period comes to an end. We wholeheartedly thank all of our families, friends, wonderful staff, investors, neighbors and the Richmond community at large for a wonderful experience. We would especially like to thank Rocketts Landing for welcoming us to their neighborhood with warmth and open arms.

Potbelly opening in March


A Chicago-based sub chain has bellied up to the Richmond market to open its first shop in Henrico County.

Potbelly Sandwich Works is slated to open in the Colonnades West shopping center on West Broad Street in Glen Allen in mid-March. The shop serves up subs, sandwiches, salads, soup and milkshakes and since opening in 1977, has expanded to close to 300 shops across the U.S.

David Duke, primary owner of the local Potbelly has been hungry for a piece of the Henrico restaurant scene for some time now.

Three new restaurants coming to Willow Lawn

A Northern Virginia-based bar chain has tapped the Richmond market for its newest location.

American Tap Room, a restaurant and craft beer chain, plans to open its fifth location in Willow Lawn in October or early November. The restaurant will serve American fare, touts almost 60 beers on its menu and will have seating for 270.

‘Asian Cajun’ restaurant entry arriving

Come September, Henrico County residents will be rolling up their sleeves and strapping on their bibs for a taste of New Orleans along with some flavors hailing from the Far East.

Crustacean Boil N’ Grill is slated to open at the end of next month in the Golds Gym Plaza shopping center on West Broad Street next to Comedy Sportz Improv Theatre.

The restaurant will serve boiled crawfish, Alaskan crab, shrimp, lobster and every other wonder of the sea, but owner Calvin Pan said this won’t be your regular seafood joint.

Veteran restaurateur set to open in Short Pump

After nearly a year out of the restaurant industry, a well known 30-year Henrico restaurateur is ready to open up his fifth venture in Short Pump.

Paul Tran, along with his wife Ellen will open up Pho 1 Grill, a Vietnamese restaurant, in June in the Towne Center West Shopping Center.

Tran has been serving up Vietnamese food since the mid-’80s, his first being Que Huong on Rigsby Road. He also owned Mr. Chan’s on Horsepen Road and Saigon Gourmet on Hull Street Road.

New West End dining, cooking options sprouting this spring

A local food truck operator and owner of a culinary incubator are mixing their talents together to bring a new concept to Henrico. In May, Melissa Krumbein and Joseph Andreoli will open Nosh, a catering company that provides cooking classes as well as a personal chef service.

Krumbein is the owner of Kitchen Thyme, a rent-by the-hour kitchen in the Olde Towne Shopping Center for chefs and other cook enthusiasts. Andreoli, who operates a food truck called Dressed and Pressed, will be teaching the cooking classes.

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