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Muse Paintbar opens at Willow Lawn


Muse Paintbar, which combines painting instruction with a wine bar and restaurant, opened June 23 at The Shops at Willow Lawn in Henrico. The location is the company's 17th nationwide.

Guests can learn from local artists while sampling a wide selection of wine, beer and tapas. The facility held a soft-launch last weekend, allowing patrons a sneak peek at the studio’s artistic offerings.

Muse anticipates expansion across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area this summer. Other locations are spread throughout the Northeast.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15


Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises.

New restaurant opens at Virginia Center Commons

Virginia Center Commons is now home to Alpozio’s Grill & Lounge, a new American-themed, family-owned and operated restaurant concept from industry veteran Al Williams.

“We are excited to welcome Alpozio’s, adding another dimension to Virginia Center Commons’ popular mix of specialty stores, eateries and entertainment venues,” said Sheryl Raulin, mall manager at Virginia Center Commons.

The kitchen at Alpozio’s focuses on classic American favorites with Italian influence. Menu items include everything from crab cakes to ribeye with a selection of kid-friendly favorites and decadent desserts, such as strawberry shortcake and grandma’s apple pie.

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Carolina Ale House to open at West Broad Village


The 29th Carolina Ale House restaurant – and the first in Virginia – will open in West Broad Village early next year.

The restaurant is a family-friendly sports bar, which claims a mission of being "the better alternative to the typical sports bar." It specializes in scratch-made food and fresh wings and burgers. It will open in the former Mimi’s Café, an outparcel facing West Broad Street. Owner Lou Moshakos of LM Restaurants, the hospitality management group affiliated with the location, expects to hire 140-150 people.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health.

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health.

Voltaggio to host three-course dinners at Family Meal July 21-22

Courtesy Family Meal
Chef Bryan Voltaggio will host a special three-course dinner event July 21-22 at his Willow Lawn Family Meal restaurant. The menu will consist of his favorite dishes and offer diners the chance to purchase a signed copy of his newly released book, HOME.

Voltaggio will attend and cook at each dinner, as well as share stories that inspired recipes for the book.

Fan favorite shines in new West End home


It's been years since I visited the original Kuba Kuba in The Fan; although I liked the food, I was underwhelmed by the dim, cramped space.

Yes, I know neighborhood location and crowds are part of the charm for Fan dwellers, who see the place as cozy rather than claustrophobic. But I was still psyched to hear that a much larger Kuba Kuba Dos had opened in the Tuckahoe Shopping Center. And after two visits, I am pleased to report that the food at Dos is every bit as good as the original's, if not better – and the atmosphere is much more pleasant. I can now savor the goodness without the grittiness, not to mention other patrons bumping up against my elbows as I eat.

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