Charlottesville Breaking News
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 the year. The owner, Song Song (a name her grandmother bestowed), says she has done no advertising. Her husband is a professor at UVA, and they have been here for about two years. When Dish visited, she was all alone behind the counter.
After getting her graduate degree in biochemical engineering, Song Song left China to do cancer research at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. Later, she earned her MBA at Case and landed a high-powered job in Connecticut working for a medical research corporation.
But all those years of study and research led to a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome, crippling her hands and fingers.
If there were a silver lining, she says, it was her interest in healthy Chinese cooking, which she learned to help her own healing and now offers at the small restaurant to help yours.
Song says her carpal tunnel was so severe she couldn't even hold chop sticks, and that it was from working too hard.
"I had to do exercises every day," she says while stirring a pot. "It was not easy to get here."
The menu is simple, featuring zhou, a kind of po...
A drive-through franchise that speedily serves up grilled barbecue meats and more than 40 kinds of milkshakes is coming to Charlottesville. It's a fast-growing fastfoodery from North Carolina called Cook-Out, and it has won approval for a red roof, says a city official.
Public records show that Cook-Out Charlottesville Inc. paid $1.3 million in October for 1254 Emmet Street, what for many years was a Long John Silver's until it closed at the end of the year. Citing the roof approval, zoning administrator Read Brodhead sees no municipal obstacles to transforming the 1.3-acre site into a Cook-Out.
In Richmond, where the Greensboro-based company has recently established two locations, both in the West End, Cook-Out has created quite the sizzle, according to Style Weekly restaurant critic Robey Martin. What does it all mean?
"It means we like meat with our meat," laughs Martin, who notes that the side dishes aren't limited to hushpuppies and fries but also include corn dogs, chicken nuggets, and a bacon-cheese tortilla, something that Cook-Out is calling a "bacon wrap."
Speaking of calling, there's been a bit of controversy over the fact that the family that owns Cook-Out hasn't limited its evangelism to the food. However, on a reporter's r...