Charlottesville Breaking News
When St. Maarten Café abruptly closed at the end of January after 26 years, the outpouring of nostalgia and grief was immediate. A Friends of St. Maarten Café Facebook group had 350 members by 6pm on the day this news was reported at readthehook.com, and some of those commenting describe bursting into tears at hearing the news. The following day, a vigil was held outside the door of the restaurant, with people leaving flowers and cards. Owners Jim and Lisa Roland, who finally chose to retire, said they were stunned by the reaction.
Today, the Facebook group has 795 members.
And now there's some more stunning news. Thanks to a group of long-time patrons and investors, St. Maarten will reopen.
"We always used to joke about how we should all get together and buy the place," says Tim Mulholland, a Charlottesville-based information technology executive, who, along with four fellow members of the UVA Trigon Engineering Society's alumni network, partnered with recent St. Maarten managers Russ and Nicole Hamilton. The New St. Maarten Trading Company LLC closed on the sale of the restaurant last week.
"It's nice we can come in and keep it the same old place," says Russ Hamilton. "It's nice to take over the legacy."
Mulholland says that dedicated St. Maarten fan...
Thanks to artist Daniel Canogar, Second Street Gallery will be turned into an audio-visual experience not to be missed. Using discarded electronic materials from our throw society, such as computer cables, telephone wires, and DVDs, Canogar creates interactive sculptures that mimic our tissues, nervous systems, and brains. The show is called "Reboot" and will be up during the entire month of March.
March 2, Second Street Gallery, 5:30-7:30pm. Free
Art & Poetry
At The Garage on First Street, the gallery and music space beside Hill & Wood funeral home, you'll find a collection of photographs and poetry by Margaret Montague and Abigail Lee, whose exhibition "Material" explores the ideal of success and the pursuit...
There couldn't have been a more critical moment in the life of George W. Huguely V, and one of his parents wasn't there to see it.
After a trial that lasted more than two weeks and jury deliberations that spanned more than nine hours, at just before 6:45pm on Wednesday, February 21, a light-bulb signaling a verdict illuminated, prompting a panicked flurry of tweets from reporters and bringing courtwatchers scurrying back to Charlottesville Circuit Court....
The red dirt out by the Holiday Inn on Fifth Street has recently been raising some eyebrows. But what won't be raised anytime soon is the developer's intended target: the combination southern foodery and gift shop concept that has over 600 locations in 42 states.
Roell, perhaps best known as the man proposing a Downtown Mall-sized complex in downtown Crozet, says he spent six months negotiating with Cracker Barrel and getting positive signals from County government before the company took a pass.
"We have locations in college towns across the country," says Cracker Barrel spokesperson Jeanne Ludington naming such celebrated cities as State College, Gainesville, Bloomington, and Madison. Home to Randolph College, Liberty University, and the appropriately named Lynchburg College, the Virginia college city of Lynchburg also has a Cracker Barrel.
While declining to reveal reasons for passing any particular site, Ludington noted such factors as visibility, access, pricing, and proximity to existing Cracker Barrel...