Restaurant Openings

Yogurt taps: Sweet Frog leaps into town
Published on Jul 30th, 2010
10 comments Sweet Frog owners Robert Lupica and Giovanni Sestito on opening day. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Sweet Frog, the new frozen yogurt place beside the Mudhouse on the Downtown Mall, officially opened today...
100-mile chef: Brookville's lunch a taste of things to come
Published on Jul 23rd, 2010
27 comments Chef Harrison Keevil hard at work in Brookville's kitchen today. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR If you like locally sourced food cooked exquisitely, Dish suggests you wander down to Brookville Restaurant on...
Tony G's opens in Ruckersville
Published on Jul 12th, 2010
5 comments Chef Tony Bonanno fires it up at Tony G's Grill in Ruckersville. PHOTO BY COURTESY TONY G'S Former Northern Exposure chef Tony Bonanno and Carmello’s George Hatzigeorgio have teamed up to create...
York Place lets the dogs out
Published on Jul 12th, 2010
11 comments Harry the Hot Dog caught in the act of condimenting himself at The Downtown Hotdog Company. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Harry the Hotdog has a new home on the Downtown Mall. Who’s Harry the Hotdog? you ask...
Penne Lane comes to West Main
Published on Apr 12th, 2010
10 comments A New York-style deli called Penne Lane Deli is scheduled to open up in part of the old Si Tapas/Starr Hill Brewery space on West Main Street this Thursday, April 15. It’s the brainchild of Elizabeth...
White Spot owner to open Mykonos Caf�©
Published on Mar 25th, 2010
3 comments Last week we told you that a place called the Mykonos Caf© was opening up in the Seminole Square Shopping Center in the old Old Grounds Caf© space near Cici’s Pizza. Today, we can confirm that the...
Labor of love: Top chef tackles BBQ
Published on Mar 23rd, 2010
8 comments Chef Hartman works the smoker. PHOTO COURTESY BBQ EXCHANGE Craig Hartman, well-known as the executive chef at Fossett’s, the AAA Four Diamond award-winning restaurant at Keswick Hall, not to...
'Brixx' to replace Boston Market
Published on Mar 9th, 2010
64 comments Virginia’s first Brixx Wood Fired Pizza restaurant, a small Charlotte, North Carolina-based franchise, will be taking over the Boston Market space in the Barracks Road Shopping Center. Brixx (not to...
Noodling in: Marco & Luca conquer the Corner
Published on Feb 16th, 2010
30 comments “I think it's important to keep it simple,” says Marco & Luca's Dragana Katalina-Sun. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Looks like UVA students are finally discovering Marco & Luca dumplings now that...
Fry's Spring Service Station to get tasty tune-up
Published on Jan 18th, 2010
31 comments The historic Fry's Spring Service Station is set to become a gourmet pizza restaurant in March. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR After a 70-year run servicing cars, the historic Fry’s Spring Service Station is...
All aboard! Java Depot lays tracks
Published on Jan 12th, 2010
1 comments The Java Depot in Nellyford, which happens to be a restored train depot, opened in June last year. PHOTO COURTESY JAVA DEPOT In our yearly round-up of openings and closings, Dish missed one opening...
Cinema taco: New Mexican in the Jeff
Published on Dec 8th, 2009
6 comments An Alex George and Stu Rifkin production, starring the Jefferson Theater and its new Mexican restaurant, named Cinema Taco, we hope... PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR While the name of the new Mexican place in...
The Southern: not just another music hall
Published on Nov 19th, 2009
0 comments The Southern's Andy Gems and Lauren McRaven hope the music hall will also be known for its cuisine. FILE PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Back in 2005, when Lauren McRaven opened The Flat on Water Street, she...
Mockingbird rises from the ashes
Published on Nov 3rd, 2009
1 comments Mockingbird, Staunton's newest restaurant and music hall, rebounds from an August fire. PHOTO BY KEVIN BLACKBURN First it sang, then it burned, and now it has risen again. Mockingbird, Staunton’s...
Mediterranean on Market: Camino gets real
Published on Nov 2nd, 2009
1 comments Camino opened recently on Market Street, serving up locally-sourced Mediterranean cuisine. PHOTO COURTESY SEAN THOMAS Camino, which took over the Il Cani Pazzo space next to the Vinegar Hill...
New Mexican place on 5th Street: La Joya
Published on Oct 28th, 2009
1 comments There’s a new Mexican place in the old Amigos space in the Willoughby Square Shopping Center on 5th Street SW named La Joya. They opened about three weeks ago, according to Isael Alvarez, son to...
Rise! Barracks gets new pizza joint
Published on Oct 1st, 2009
0 comments Rise Pizzaworks General Manager Justin Billcheck and owners Andrew Vaughan and John Spagnolo. PHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART Over the last month or so, Dish heard whispers about Rise Pizzaworks in...
No food, no booze, but the show goes on
Published on Sep 25th, 2009
0 comments A power saw can be heard outside The Southern, which opens tonight at the Downtown Mall site of the former Gravity Lounge with The Books. Co-owner Andy Gems says the new venue doesn't have its ABC...
Mockingbird sings: Staunton's new local focal point
Published on Aug 18th, 2009
4 comments Mockingbird, a new music venue and restaurant, is coming to this street corner in Staunton in mid-September. PHOTO BY KEVIN BLACKBURN We all know how popular the local food movement has become, what...
Keaveny's dream: Belmont welcomes Tavola
Published on Aug 11th, 2009
28 comments Since opening on July 16, Tavola in Downtown Belmont has been packing them in. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR After years spent managing Coran Capshaw’s restaurant group, Micheal Keaveny appears to have...