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Restaurant Depot opening on Brook Road

A food wholesaler that caters to independent restaurants and food service businesses will open this month in the former Kroger store in the Northpark shopping center at the intersection of Parham and Brook Roads at I-95.

New York-based Restaurant Depot is planning to open at the site Feb. 27.

The company operates cash-and-carry stores that are designed specifically for independently owned restaurants, catering companies and other food-oriented businesses and nonprofits, according to Ray Mallin, the branch manager of the company's Alexandria location.

Restaurant Depot is not open to the public. Businesses interested in shopping at the location must meet membership criteria, though memberships are free.

The Henrico location will be managed by Tom Fruchter and is expected to employ about 40 people, Mallin said. The company has filled most of its employee openings but is still interviewing candidates for the remaining spots, he said.

The company has nearly 100 stores in 27 states, including Virginia. This will be its third Virginia store but first in Central Virginia.

"Richmond is a thriving area, and we feel that it's going to do well for us," Mallin said. "There are a number of independently owned restaurants there."

Company officials already have visited most of the independently owned restaurants and catering services in the region, Mallin said, to make them aware of Restaurant Depot's arrival. In addition to selling food and beverages, the company also sells equipment and supplies.

"Service and value sets us apart," Mallin said.

The company's new home in Henrico has been vacant more than a year, since Kroger closed its location there Nov. 18, 2011.


Community

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden raises admission $1

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s admission has increased by $1 across all categories. Admission is now $12 for adults; $11 for seniors ages 55 and older; and $8 for children ages 3–12. Admission remains free for children ages 3 and younger and for members.

The last price increase was in 2011, before the Garden consistently hosted Butterflies LIVE! (which is included with admission). > Read more.

Garden tails

The threat of bad weather didn’t keep visitors away from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden July 10 for the facility’s weekly Flowers After 5 event (which pairs music and food with a chance to stroll the garden) and its monthly Fidos After 5 (which allows dog owners to bring their pets with them to enjoy the evening). > Read more.

Western Henrico Rotary helps fund Midwives For Haiti Jeep


Thanks in part to a $10,000 gift from the Western Henrico Rotary Club, another bright pink Jeep modified to travel extremely rough terrain has been delivered to Midwives For Haiti so that more pregnant women in the quake-ravaged country will have access to prenatal care and a greater chance of surviving childbirth.

The funds were raised at the annual casino night held in February, club president Adam Cherry said. The Rotary Club also helped purchase the Virginia-based charity’s first pink jeep three years ago. > Read more.

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Entertainment

‘Top Chef’ finalist to open Willow Lawn restaurant

A finalist in the Bravo television show Top Chef is bringing one of his four restaurant chains to Henrico County.

Bryan Voltaggio, who was the runner-up of the sixth season of Top Chef, (finishing second to his brother, Michael) and his business partner, Hilda Staples, will open their third Family Meal restaurant, at Henrico's Willow Lawn shopping center. The restaurant is expected to open early next year. > Read more.

US Army Field Band to perform in Henrico Aug. 3

The United States Army Field Band will present a free public performance at Deep Run Park in Henrico on Sunday, Aug 3 at 3 p.m.

Members of the band are soldiers who also serve as “musical ambassadors of the Army” and perform for schools and communities nationwide.

The Concert Band will be performing along with the Soldiers’ Chorus. > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


Get up and dance – square dance, that is – with the Tuckahoe Square Dance Club tonight! More musical events this weekend include family-friendly karaoke at Aunt Sarah’s Pancake House, the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus Concert and the Henrico Teen Theatre Company’s production of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf.” For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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