Shopping at various grocery stores in the Richmond area the early 2000s, customers might have heard a toddler singing in the cart as her mother shopped for her family. Little did they know that the young vocalist in the cereal aisle would one day be performing opera on the international stage and would release her first single recording, "Cinema Pa...

Justus Frank and Jeremy Barber are sticking with Italian food with their pop-up restaurant Elo’s Italian Restaurant in Del Ray. It’s been a little more than a year since the partners closed their date night spot Live Oak (1603 Commonwealth Avenue) and reopened it as Elo’s. The pop-up has been a hit with customers, Frank says, adding that it’s a lot...

The town of Dublin can prepare to have a new go-to destination to enjoy Fast. Fresh. Italian. food when Fazoli’s opens its doors to the community soon! Located at 4416 Cleburne Blvd., Fazoli’s broke ground on its new Dublin restaurant in mid-May with a projected opening date in late summer.  When the 4,400-square-foot restaurant opens its doors, it...

Gazing at all the pretty muffins, cookies, pastries and other delectables in the glass display cases at Amedeo’s Bakery, I heard myself loudly declare, “I’ll take one of each.” Too polite to roll his eyes at a “joke” he must have heard too many times before, the server smiled and patiently filled takeout boxes as I narrowed my order to just a few t...

When the COVID-19 pandemic prompted restaurants to shift how they offer service, Live Oak Restaurant owners Chef Justus Frank and Jeremy Barber decided to adapt with a new pop-up concept. Now the concept will stick around permanently to replace Live Oak at 1603 Commonwealth Avenue in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood. After Live Oak was temporarily...

Two new supermarkets will soon be opening their doors to customers in Yorktown. Trader Joe’s is targeting to make its long-awaited debut near Lowe’s on Route 202 on July 21, while a new Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace is looking to move into its 45,000-square-foot home in the Yorktown Green shopping center in August. Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace is an...

The AMHS will be returning to Fort Ward Park in Alexandria, Va., for this year’s Ferragosto Picnic, Sunday, August 14, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. We have reserved Area 5 (not the covered pavilion), which has 9 large picnic tables, two grills, and plenty of parking. The event is free and open to all, rain or shine. As in prior years, AMHS will...

Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA, one of the largest vertically integrated coffee companies in North America, and the North American operating unit of the Italy-based Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group, will consolidate and expand operations at its roasting facility in the City of Suffolk, Virginia. The $29.1 million project is expected to create 79 jobs....

Paulie’s, an Italian restaurant concept from the creators of The Wine Kitchen, is getting reimagined and moving to a new location. It will debut this summer as Paulie’s Italian Kitchen at ChefScape in Leesburg. Readers may remember that back during the height of the pandemic, there was a rush on “ghost kitchens.” Existing restaurants were launching...

Lil Cucci’s Pizzeria is back after almost seven years! This time with a new building. “It’s been a dream of ours to have a building. And so the opportunity came and that’s what’s exciting,” said Shari Cucci, co-owner of Lil Cucci’s. The new building has an open concept, where customers can see and interact with them. The family-friendly atmosphere...