Business in brief
Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill is currently renovating 12 of its restaurants throughout Metro Richmond in an effort it calls the “River City Recharge.” Each restaurant will get a complete interior and exterior makeover worth $200,000, as well as menu and service enhancements. Applebees will also hire 369 team members over six months, including 18 managers. This project will invest more than $8 million in the Richmond/Norfolk market and it’s also one of the first markets in the country to go through these remodels. Completion is expected in mid-June. For details, visit http://www.applebees.com .
ComedySportz has relocated to a new location in Gold’s Gym Plaza, 8906-H W. Broad St. The show schedule is 8 p.m. on Fridays and 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. ComedySportz no longer features a restaurant. For details, call 266-9377.
Firehouse Subs opened its fourth restaurant in the region May 9, at 8191-A Brook Rd. in Henrico. This is the fourth location for owner Randy Evans and partners Brad and Brett Osterhout.
A recent report released by HealthGrades named Bon Secours’ St. Mary’s Hospital among the top five percent in the nation for emergency medicine and Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, including Parham Doctors’ Hospital and Retreat Doctors’ Hospital, among the top five percent in the nation for women’s health.
Bon Secours has launched ConnectCare, an application that allows patients to access their confidential information, including medical history, allergies, test results and medications, at any time via PC or Apple, iPhone, iPad or iPad Touch. This technology is the only one of its kind in the region. The patient’s care team, including physicians and medical staff, can also access this information to review charts and have dictated notes transcribed, enabling them to remotely make critical decisions.
Monica Longest Horsley, owner of invitation and stationary store By Invitation Only, has sold the business to Kerri DiStanlo, currently a stay-at-home mom and owner of Polka Dot Paper Shop, an online paper store. Horsley, a former school teacher, bought the business in 2002 and relocated it from Innsbrook to the Shoppes at Westgate in Short Pump. DiStanlo plans on adding new brands, creating online ordering and expanding the store’s wedding selection. Horsley plans to stay on staff throughout the summer to ensure a smooth transition.
Chick-fil-A in The Shops at Willow Lawn recently reopened in a new location just outside the mall. The new restaurant faces Willow Lawn Dr. just down from Starbucks and Staples. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Since opening in 1987, the store has generated hundreds of jobs and awarded more than $15,000 in scholarships to its restaurant team members. In addition, the restaurant is actively involved in many local schools, churches and community organizations.
The deadline for nominations for Allen and Allen’s 2011 Hometown Heroes award is May 27. A hometown hero is someone who provides random acts of kindness and engages in every day actions that improve the community. Nominations will be taken at http://www.allenandallen.com/hometown-heroes
The Richmond West Breakfast Lions Club (based in western Henrico) recently donated 59 backpacks to the Westover Hills Elementary School on Jahnke Road.
Above, club members display some of the backpacks prior to their distribution. > Read more.
Thanks to a first-place win in The American Protege International Vocal Competition 2014, Glen Allen High School student Matija Tomas will travel to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in December.
At the first-place winners recital in Weill Hall, Matija will perform Giacomo Puccini’s opera aria, “Chi il bel sogna di doretta.” She will perform with other vocalists from around the world and have the opportunity to win other awards and scholarships.
Locally, Thomas has performed with Richmond’s renowned Glorious Christmas Nights, Christian Youth Theatre, and WEAG’s Urban Gospel Youth Choir. > Read more.
The John Rolfe YMCA and Gayton Baptist Church have partnered in an effort to bring greater health and wellness opportunities to the community.
Through this partnership, the John Rolfe Y will run Youth Winter Sports programs, including basketball and indoor soccer, in Gayton’s newly renovated $5.5 million outreach center that features a new gymnasium, youth and teen space, social space with café, meeting space and full service commercial kitchen. > Read more.
The Boathouse restaurant will open at Short Pump Town Center in the spring, its third location in the region.
“People have asked us to come to the West End for years,” said owner Kevin Healy. “When the opportunity arose, we knew had to jump on it.”
The new restaurant will be located in a 5,800-square-foot space under the Hyatt House Hotel at the town center and will include a large outdoor patio. > Read more.
Boka Kantina exceeds its strong food truck reputation
Already a fan of Boka fare from outdoor events with the Tako Truck, I was delighted to learn of the new restaurant, and eager to see if its reputation held up after putting down brick-and-mortar roots.
Would the food lose its zest if I wasn’t enjoying it in the great outdoors? Would it seem pedestrian served from an ordinary kitchen instead of a truck?
Would the tacos be less satisfying as an antidote to normal lunch hunger – instead of being ingested to stave off desperate hunger after a long afternoon of crowds, sun, and tedious lines? > Read more.
Original Gravity gets the green light to move forward with relocation, expansion into larger space
A Lakeside home-brewing shop has felt the gravitational pull toward the booming craft beer scene.
Original Gravity, a shop that sells beer and wine kits for homebrewers, has just been given the green light to start work on a microbrewery.
Owner Tony Ammendolia is expanding his 1,000-square-foot shop in Lakeside Town Center to 5,000-square-foot digs a few doors down to add a brewery and expand his supplies.
Ammendolia opened the home-brew supply store in November 2011 and since then he said business has taken off.
“I think I outgrew this place in the first year,” Ammendolia said. “We’ve seen steady growth and I’ve been looking for a place to expand to move the shop to get more square footage.” > Read more.
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