Former Downtown Hotdog Company owners Eric and Jenny Saunders have taken Harry and headed for Ruckersville.
A man and his chickens. Thanks to Relay Foods, you'll be able to walk with him this weekend.
File photo by Dave McNair
After a little over a year, the Downtown Hotdog Company in York Place on the Downtown Mall has called it quits.
Owner Eric Saunders, an award-winning restaurant biz veteran who did stints at Starr Hill and Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery, along with his wife, Jenny, opened the gourmet Chicago-style wienery last July. They hoped to entice Mall-goers into the depths of York Place, which has proved to be a challenge for a number of previous businesses. As fans may recall, the Saunders also rescued Harry the Hotdog, the anthropomorphic wiener man stolen from All Good Groceries in Earlysville two years ago, which prompted a police– ah– wiener hunt? Anyway, Harry was discovered bruised and beaten and buried in a trailer park, the cruel work of a couple of teenage pranksters.
According to the Saunders, their "passion for food and service has been rekindled" by running the dog joint, so they decided to close shop and open a new place: Ericson's Eatery & Pub in Ruckersville, right in the old The Truckstop space. No word yet on when they will be opening, but they're close. Emphasis will be on gourmet pub food and a great selection of beers.
Cracker Barrel coming?
According to County planning documents, there's a plan for a Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Old Country Store in the works for the end of Fifth Street Extended near the Holiday Inn. County planner Margaret Maliszewski says that a Cracker Barrel has been proposed to be located near the Holiday Inn but not connected with it. And the proposer? One Morris Creek Yacht Club LLC. Huh? A Google search reveals they have an Oregon phone number, but no one was home when we called.
Spend the day with Joel
This Saturday, Relay, Charlottesville's own virtual grocery store, is hosting a tour of Joel Salatin's Polyface Farms, a rare occasion as the busy farmer/activist/author doesn't often offer such opportunities. Between farming and lecturing to sustainable foodies nationwide, Salatin is a hard one to track down, but he's agreed to personally guide Relay customers and fans on a tour of his farm. There will be lots of time for questions, exploring the farm, and a picnic lunch.
The cost is $40 per person, and you can sign up online at relayfoods.com. That also covers a bus ride from Charlottesville or Richmond. You can bring a lunch, but Relay can also arrange a box lunch supplied by Cranberry's, an organic grocery in Staunton. You'll also be able to buy Polyface meat and eggs at the farm. According to the folks at Relay, proceeds from ticket sales will cover only the costs of organizing the trip; any extra will go to the local food bank.
Buses will leave from Richmond at 8:30am and from Charlottesville at 9am. You'll be back in Charlottesville by 2pm and back in Richmond by 2:30pm.
Way to go, Jose!
On Monday, October 3, from 11am to 3pm, Aqui es Mexico owner Jose Patino plans to unveil recent renovations in his dining room on Carlton Avenue. The grand re-opening will feature a "make your own taco" bar. So go on down and give the Patino family some love!
Free pancakes! Fight Parkinson's
It's that time of year again. Time for Pancakes for Parkinson's on the UVA Lawn. This year, the event happens October 22 from 9am to 1pm before the Cav football team takes on NC State. In case you don't know, Pancakes for Parkinson’s is a free pancake breakfast on the Lawn organized to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. All proceeds are donated to the Foundation, which works to aid research and increase awareness of Parkinson’s disease.