Restaurant Openings

Healthy Chinese: Song Song's Zhou & Bing
Published on Jan 9th, 2012
11 comments Right across from the "Skybar" on 5th Street NE, you may or may not have noticed that a placed called Song Song's Zhou & Bing opened on the Downtown Mall with little fanfare around the first of...
Shoppers exodus: China King moves to Hibachi Grill
Published on Jan 3rd, 2012
15 comments The gigantic China King Buffet is the latest tenant to vacate the increasingly empty store-fronted Shoppers World, moving down the road to the Hibachi Grill on Seminole Trail. China King owner Gui...
The Farm comes to Belmont
Published on Nov 1st, 2011
0 comments Belmont foodies are in heaven now that The Farm Cville has opened across from Spudnuts. The little hole in wall on the corner is bringing all the bounty of our local food scene to that neck of the...
Dragon's lady: From Mexican retirement to java on Preston
Published on Oct 11th, 2011
0 comments After working as a chiropractor in Charlottesville for many years, Kem Spaulding retired to Mexico with her mother."I lived there for four years," she says. "I loved Mexico. It was so beautiful. But...
High on the Skybar
Published on Oct 3rd, 2011
11 comments Dish can't think of a recent restaurant opening that created more buzz than the Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar. When the place opened on Saturday, September 25, nearly 200 people crowed into...
VIDEO TOUR: Blue Mountain Brewery expands
Published on Sep 14th, 2011
1 comments Okay, so Dish isn't Steven Spielberg, but we thought you might enjoy a little video tour of the Blue Mountain Brewery's recent renovations. Plus, Blue Mountain owners Taylor & Mandi Smack give a...
Mall madness: Roof-top views, new deli, fancy Asian, pastries, and kabobs
Published on Aug 19th, 2011
0 comments On a recent stroll around the Downtown Mall we were struck by all the new restaurant activity: four new places have either opened or are in the works. On Second Street, in the tiny space where Marco...
Sweet taste of success for Sweet Frog
Published on Aug 15th, 2011
55 comments Since opening last summer, Sweet Frog, the self-serve frozen yogurt place on the Downtown Mall, has been been pumping out the stuff as fast as folks can work the handles on the store's bank of yogurt...
Wine Made Simple does just that
Published on May 16th, 2011
3 comments If only there were a store that made buying wine simple. One that listed wines by style (light, dry, fruity) and quality instead of overwhelming us with information about type and geography. One...
Chang finally returns
Published on Mar 2nd, 2011
9 comments The wait is over. Elusive chef Peter Chang has returned, bringing his special brand of Szechwanese cuisine with him. Chang's work was on full display at an invitation-only grand opening last night of...
New 'Skybar' restaurant coming to the Mall
Published on Feb 16th, 2011
33 comments It's been a long time coming, but it appears that Downtown landlord Gabe Silverman has finally found a long-term tenant for the old A&N building on the east end of the Mall. Alex George, former...
Two new eateries in Scottsville
Published on Jan 18th, 2011
12 comments Amici's will join A Slice of Heaven as Scottsville's newest restaurants. PHOTO FROM AMICI FACEBOOK PAGE Out Scottsville way there's been a changing of the guard on Valley Street, as A Slice of...
Former Ventana space leased
Published on Jan 18th, 2011
0 comments Hip bistro/bar Ventana closed last summer. FILE PHOTO Dish can confirm that the former Ventana space at the corner of Fifth and Water Streets near the Downtown Mall has been leased to Stewart...
Patriot's displaced: Arby's reclaims its name
Published on Jan 11th, 2011
52 comments Arby's has reclaimed its restaurant at Forest Lakes. FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Forest Lake's Arby’s owner Tom Slonaker has finally left the building. According to Emmet's Street Arby's manager...
Supreme feast: New Route 29 buffet delivers size, size, size
Published on Jan 2nd, 2011
35 comments Get your meal cooked the Hibachi way! PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Dish recently had a chance to check out the spread at Hibachi Grill & Supreme Buffet, the all-you-can-eat Chinese-American restaurant...
Marco & Luca now serving at Seminole Square
Published on Dec 22nd, 2010
20 comments Hooray! Now you can get em' on Route 29! PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR They've conquered the Mall and the Corner (and even have their own theme song), and now Marco & Luca's dumplings have landed in the...
Hole in the Walmart: Osaka delights in Waynesboro
Published on Nov 2nd, 2010
1 comments Dish recently got a hot tip from a reader about a new Japanese fusion restaurant in Waynesboro called Osaka III. Apparently, it's a little tricky to find as it's tucked away on the tire-changing side...
Soft jazz: Carlton's coming to East Market
Published on Oct 11th, 2010
6 comments Bohšme in its heyday. Now casual fine-dining is returning to the space. FILE PHOTO BY WILL WALKER Once again the restaurant space in the old Michie Company building at 609 East Market Street, across...
Boneless 'Wings' takes off on Ivy Road
Published on Sep 14th, 2010
18 comments Wings Over Charlottesville delivers. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE For over a year, the former University Grille/former Hardee's on Ivy Road has sat empty, tempting passersby with the signs heralding gyros...
Good-bye kabobs, hello meatballs
Published on Sep 1st, 2010
1 comments That little space on 29 North beside Pizza Hut, the former home to two Middle Eastern restaurants, Zandi’s, and more recently, Zam Zam Kabob, has yet another international tenant. Hint: "B¶rk, b¶rk,...