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See What’s Happening in the City

FEATURES The Franklin Inn See what all the fuss is about

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ARTS & ATTRACTIONS Landmark Theater

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Eco-ingenuity at its best

Richmond’s own historic venue

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In Search of...

LOOK GOOD, FEEL GOOD

Soups, Stews and Chili

Events to Train For in 2013

FLAVOR Scoop Du Jour

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WRITER’S BLOCK Kellie Murphy’s A Guilty Mind

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BACKSTAGE Live with Broken Monday

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Contributors & Editors Behind the publisher’s desk

Publisher For five years, those who live and

In every issue of West End’s Best, in addition to the great stories

frequent the bustling Downtown area have

you’ve come to love, you’ll also find our River City section devoted to

enjoyed reading about the best places to

helping you discover all the goings-on inside the city limits.

live, dine, and play in River City Magazine.

Not only do we feel that this change will be welcomed by our read-

Through the years you have shared your

ers, but we also anticipate that our advertisers will feel a very positive

discoveries with us, allowing us to pass

impact. In addition, the West End offers fabulous restaurants, shopping

along the great stories of the River City’s

opportunities, personal service providers, and other great businesses

people, places, and events.

that many of the inner city’s affluent residents and tourists know noth-

We’ve had a great relationship with our

ing about. West End’s Best – Featuring River City, with an increased

many fine advertisers and readers. We’re so appreciative that we have

circulation, will be replacing River City Magazine in the hotels, tourist

been trying to come up with a way to thank you by making Downtown

centers, and other distribution points.

Richmond an even more popular destination for those living on the outskirts of the city.

If you don’t want to miss another issue of our positive, complimentary lifestyle publication, please visit www.RichmondNavigator.com to

What you may not know is that over the past five years we have also

find the pick-up location most convenient to you.I would like to take

published West End’s Best Magazine, which has been distributed primar-

this opportunity to thank our many loyal advertisers and readers who

ily throughout the West End of Richmond, from Carytown to Goochland.

have been with us for all or part of the past decade. We look forward to

So here’s what we are going to do to show our appreciation to all of

continuing to “have fun” as we move forward.

you. Beginning with our March/April 2013 issue, you’ll see a few changes in River City Magazine. We’re becoming West End’s Best – Featuring River

Best Regards,

City. Don’t worry. We’re still going to be devoted to covering the best of Downtown living, dining, and entertainment. We’re still going to be the West End’s only true full-color, lifestyle magazine; we’re just going to be

William J. Davis, Jr.

better than ever.

Contributors

LIZ REESE

JODY RATHGEB

TAMMY BRACKETT

STEVE COOK

Liz is an event and portrait

In addition to writing for local

Music publicist, writer, and art-

Steve has been writing for

photographer

in

publications, Jody Rathgeb

ist, Tammy Brackett lives in

ACI’s publications for over

taking

contributes to magazines in

Richmond, VA. Tammy owns

ten years. Prior to that he

pictures of weddings, families,

the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Moonstruck Promotions and

has done everything from

food and fun. Liz’ style is candid

Several of her short stories

specializes in music business

hosting a country music radio

and journalistic, focusing on

have appeared in literary jour-

consulting, writing, and tour

show to copywriting. He

relaxed

Richmond,

based

Virginia,

between

nals. Her novel, Fish-Eye Lens,

publicity. Her new book, An-

enjoys travelling the country,

loved ones that speak more

has been published by Belle

other Nightmare Gig from Hell,

especially the small towns

than words alone. Check out

Isle Books. Her author

was published in January 2012.

and back roads. Steve also

her online portfolio to see her

website is www.

Tammy also creates mixed-me-

enjoys spending time with his

work at lizreese.com.

jodyrathgeb.com.

dia ephemera using recycled

two grandsons. Steve says he

materials.

has recently completed his

moments

first book and hopes to read another in the near future.

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Hollywood Costume

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Gumenick Family Gallery: Message in Mosaics

November 2013 February 2014

January 17–March 17

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen

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Going green takes on a brand new meaning when paper,

Bringing together more than 100 of the most iconic

glass, ceramic tile, and more unusual materials are mixed

costumes from across a century of film-making, this

and matched to create unlikely works of art. This exhibit

will be a rare opportunity to see the clothes worn by

showcases the talents of paper mosaic artist Sandhi

unforgettable characters from films such as The Wizard

Schimmel Gold; Lorraine Meade, who works mainly with

of Oz, The Birds, My Fair Lady, Superman, Titanic, and

glass and ceramic tile; and Virginia Gardner, whose work

The Dark Knight Rises. This exhibition contains costumes

interprets personal aspects of reality and nature. Free

that have never left private and archival collections,

admission. Open Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

and most have never been publicly displayed. F E B R UARY uuu

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Upcoming at The National

Billy Elliot the Musical

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Maymont’s for the Birds

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February 1-3

February 9

Landmark Theater

Nature Center, Maymont Park

BroadwayinRichmond.com

Maymont.org

Billy Elliot the Musical is the joyous

Join one of Maymont’s birds to help

celebration of one boy’s journey to

us understand the adaptations of our

January 29

make his dreams come true. Set in

feathered friends. Afterwards, create

a small town, the story follows Billy as

nesting wreaths to help our backyard

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he stumbles out of the boxing ring

friends build nests in the spring. Ages 4

and into a ballet class, discovering a

and older. $12 per project/$10 members

surprising talent that inspires his family

(includes project materials and admission

and his whole community.

to the Nature Center). Register online

Umphrey’s Mcgee

February 1 Corey Smith

at www.maymont.org by February 8; for

February 6

information, call 804-358-7166, ext. 333.

Flogging Molly

February 7 Zappa Plays Zappa

February 9 Toro Y Moi

February 14 Dark Star Orchestra

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Noel Coward’s Hay Fever

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Richmond Home & Garden Show

February 15-March 10

March 1-3

Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre

Richmond Raceway Complex

Va-rep.org

RichmondHomeandGarden.com

This exhilarating comedy has been

The largest Home & Garden event in

recognized as one of the world’s

Central Virginia, The Richmond Home and

most hilarious classics ever since it first

Garden Show features over 300 displays.

dazzled London’s West End in 1925.

Experience three days of ideas for your

The eccentric Bliss family has decided

home and gardening needs including

to host a “weekend in the country”

remodeling solutions, landscaping

at their rural estate/artists’ retreat. The

ideas, the latest in interior design trends,

unsuspecting guests all become victims

furnishings, and how to make your home

in the self-serving shenanigans of the

more environmentally friendly!

four bohemians.

[ CALENDAR OF E V E N T S ]

More Attractions Chili Cook Off Wine Trail Weekend January 20-21 Heart of Virginia Wine Trail Hovawinetrail.com Jeff Dunham: Disorderly Conduct Tour January 23 Richmond Coliseum Ticketmaster.com

The Pipes an Drums of the Black Watch 3rd Battalion January 24 Carpenter Theatre RichmondCenterstage.com

The Robert King Experience presents All About Love: The Hits of Tony Bennett January 25 Gottwald Playhouse RichmondCeneterStage.com

Barefoot Puppets: Little Red and the Gingerbread Man

M AR C H u u u u

Lyric Opera Presents Camelot

February 19-24

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built to Amaze

Landmark Theater

February 20-24

January 27 Landmark Theater RichmondCenterStage.com

BroadwayinRichmond.com

Richmond Coliseum.

Richmond Ballet: Swan Lake

Featuring an irresistible story and

Ticketmaster.com

unforgettable songs from one of the

Come experience the 143rd

most popular Disney films of all time,

exhilarating edition of the Greatest

February 8-10 Carpenter Theatre RichmondCenterstage.com

plus brand new breathtaking dance

Show on Earth. Elephants, tigers,

Orchids Galore!

numbers, Mary Poppins is everything you

acrobats, and aerialists join together

could ever want in a Broadway show!

from across the globe. From the clowns

February 14-March 31 Lewis Ginter Bontanical Garden LewisGinter.org

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Disney’s Mary Poppins

January 26 Gottwald Playhouse RichmondCenterstage.com

to the band, from the hammer to the high wire, comes one breathtaking performance.

Richmond Kids Expo and Babies Too February 23 Richmond Raceway Complex RichmondKidsExpo.com

Lewis Black: The Rant is Due February 21 Carpenter Theatre RichmondCenterstage.com

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Thunder Nationals March 1-2 Richmond Coliseum Ticketmaster.com

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THE LANDMARK THEATRE BY MEAGAN MOORE

Despite going by a new official name for the past seventeen years, tell a Richmonder you saw a show at the Mosque, and they’ll know exactly where you were. From its minarets swooping up to tower over surrounding

used as Richmond’s anti-aircraft command center. In its early days the theatre saw such performing legends as The Ziegfeld Follies, George Gershwin, and Frank Sinatra. And if you happened to visit the “Elvis at 21” exhibit presented by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts early in 2012, you saw

city structures at Laurel and Main, to the incredible list of

intimate, backstage images of just one of Elvis Presley’s many

performers who have graced its stage, it’s no wonder that

appearances on this famous Richmond stage.

this performing arts beacon was renamed The Landmark

Later on, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, The

Theater after a mid-90s renovation project. After all, it’s one of

Supremes, Johnny Cash, and Marilyn Manson all became part

Richmond’s most unusual, beloved and recognizable buildings.

of the impressive roll call of musicians who called the Mosque

The Saracenic structure was designed in 1925 by Marcellus

stage home for a night or two. In recent years, in addition to

Wright, Sr., in association with Charles M. Robinson and

concerts, the Broadway in Richmond series has brought highly

Charles Custer Robinson, and it was built in 1926. It was

acclaimed, New York-caliber musical theatre productions like

initially intended to be a Shriner temple, and when the

Wicked, Les Misérables, and The Lion King, to the Richmond

Shriners began using the Mosque as a performing space,

audience.

Richmond gained its first official theatre. In 1940, after almost

Now the Landmark Theater is entering a third chapter in

two decades of being at the center of the Richmond performing

its incredible story as it approaches its ninetieth birthday and

arts scene, the Mosque was purchased by the city. Shortly

undergoes its second major round of renovations in the last

thereafter, as the United States entered World War II, it was

twenty years. The goal this time? To maintain the grandeur and

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UPCOMING EVENTS: atmosphere of a 1920s theatre, but update it with the modern conveniences and amenities that patrons expect in the 21st century.

February 1-3 Billy Elliot, the Musical s

The approximately $50 million overhaul (which isn’t slated to be complete until sometime in 2014 due to efforts to work around performance schedules) will include changes to everything from infrastructure updates (such as HVAC,

“The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, and James Brown all called the Mosque stage home for a night” electrical and plumbing) to reconfiguration of the box office and refreshment areas, as well as lighting and acoustics improvements. “These aren’t just minor renovations. Once completed, people will be wowed when they walk in,” says Jay Smith, a spokesperson for Richmond CenterStage. “It might disappoint people now, because most of the changes happening now are behind the scenes. No one’s impressed with electrical work and roof repairs. But once it’s done, people will be impressed.” Part of this expansive renovation project is being funded by the city, as well as by historic tax credits. “The Mayor and City Council recognized the importance of the theatre to the city,” says Smith. “It’s more than just a place people come to see shows – it’s a place that people from all across the midAtlantic region come to see a show, then stay at a hotel or eat at one Richmond’s restaurants. In addition to being culturally significant, it’s important to the Richmond economy.” In addition to the funding provided by Richmond city, the CenterStage Foundation is in the midst of a capital campaign to continue raising the private contributions needed to round out the renovation costs and begin an endowment to support

February 8 Bill Clinton (Richmond Forum) February 19-24 Mary Poppins, the Musical March 9 Captain Mark Kelly and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (Richmond Forum) March 10 Matchbox Twenty March 26-31 Les Misérables May 10-11 West Side Story s

the performing arts after renovations are completed. As part of The Landmark and Legacies Capital and Endowment Campaign, Altria has stepped forward with a $10 million donation, receiving naming rights to the updated theater. So it’s no surprise that in 2013 the theater will start its newest chapter with a new name: Altria Theater. The Landmark (nee Mosque) Theater has been a staple of the Richmond fine arts community for almost a century, thriving despite ownership changes, economic changes, sweeping cultural changes, and even name changes. But, to ask an age old question, what’s in a name? Not much, apparently— when it comes to the Landmark, it’s what’s on the stage that

To purchase tickets or learn more, go to www.landmarktheater.net/ events, visit the box office, or call eTix at 800-514-ETIX (3849)

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The Tandoori Lamb Mango and the Chicken Tikka Masalaq

BY STEVE COOK PHOTOS BY ROBERT THOMAS

WHERE HISTORY AND GREAT FOOD MEET

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THE LOBSTER REPLACED

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way tunnel in Church Hill collapsed upon it. In 2012, Richmond restaurateur, Daniel Taormina, who has owned Brunetti’s Restaurant (now Bru-

netti’s Express) in Hanover, since 1997, converted an historic Shockoe Bottom warehouse into a cool new restaurant adjacent to the site of the tunnel. What do these two dissimilar events have to do with one

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emember the long-popular (and, for a while, not-so-popular) Byram’s Restaurant? Then you probably remember how it underwent a not-sogenius name change to Tower Seafood or something equally as memorable. It lasted about a week under that moniker.

Well, the restaurant is back in business. Yes, the Byram’s lobster is gone. So is the

another? Taormina, who obviously has appreciation for both good food and Richmond history pays homage to the

rather nondescript “Tower” sign. Gurjeet Singh is the new owner. He’s done a beautiful remodeling job in creating

1925 tunnel collapse in naming his new place Flames

Lemon Cuisine of India (3215 W. Broad Street; www.lemoncuisineofindia.com, fea-

231 (423 N. 18th Street; 804 977-1300; www.flames231.

turing the delicacies of Northern India. Singh says he decided upon the old Byram’s

com). The “Flames” in the name refers to the authentic

Restaurant because he considered it a great location.

wood fired oven used in the restaurant to produce what are quickly becoming some of Richmond’s most

The 24-year-old chef/owner, a native of India, has lived in Richmond for the past four years, and in the United States since he was fourteen. “I was working as a chef in another (Indian) restaurant,” he says. “It was doing so

popular pizzas. Located in a building that has served, through the generations as everything from a seed warehouse, to

well, I wanted to open my own restaurant.” Singh says he honed his culinary skills by working in

a whiskey distillery, to a cold storage/icehouse, Flames

other restaurants, and he also took classes from a chef in

231 serves what Taormina describes as authentic Ital-

California. “The cuisine at his new place features, he says,

ian pizzas. “Many of our ingredients, including the

“a variety of Indian dishes. Everything is fresh and made

sauces, the olive oil, and the spices are imported from

from scratch.”

Italy,” he says. “So are some of our meats, such as the salami and prosciutto.” While the pizzas are the big draw, Taormina says

“It is very different than what you might find in other Indian restaurants,” he says. Instead of the typical lunch buffet, Singe is offering a variety of lunch specials, in the

he also offers some very unique items on the menu,

$9.00 to $11.00 range, that feature, in addition to the

such as the swordfish and the octopus carpaccios.

entrée, soup, salad, rice, a side dish, and dessert.

“All of the desserts are homemade, and the bar,” he

Some of the menu highlights suggested by Singh are

says, “features local craft beers as well as an excellent

the Tandoori Lamb Mango and the Chicken Tikka Masala,

list of Italian wines.”

of which he says, “It’s a common dish, but with some

Check the website for nightly specials as well as frequently-scheduled entertainment.

slight differences.” The desserts are also homemade and, says Singh, changed daily. The restaurant also offers a full bar, including Indian beers as well as craft beers. n

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The Cure for A Bad Day, Any Day of the Week BY SHONDA MORRISSETTE

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hat do you do after you’ve graduated from Berklee College of Music, engineered

sound for the Grammys and the VMAs, helped to make a 3-D IMAX movie for U2, and worked with the likes of Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Santana, Willie Nelson, Wynton Marsalis, and Sting? Well, if you’re Jeff Rotham, you decide to leave the New York rat race, move to Richmond to spend more time with your family, and return to what you love about music—playing drums in a band. As Rotham puts it, “I was really lucky. I wanted to join a band. I wanted to get back into playing music, and the first ad that I answered was for Broken Monday. Here I am four years later, still playing with these guys.” After spending just a little time interviewing the band prior to a show at Sine’ Irish Pub, one can readily understand why Rotham feels that way. The Broken Monday band members (comprised of Michael Devericks, founding member, lead vocalist and guitars; Bill Huebner, bass, backing vocals; Jeff Rothman, drums; and Bill Sturman, lead guitar) have a generous,� collaborative spirit, humility (despite their impressive individual talents), and a love for music. There is one thing, though, that stands out above all else. They care about their audience. “We like to see people enjoying what we

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are doing. That’s all we need. That’s exactly

crowd is really going to respond to and we

why we do it, ” says Huebner.

sort of play off of that.”

Devericks agrees: “The more they’re

The band also considers production to

having fun, the more we have fun. We’re not

be a vital part of their shows. They don’t have

the type of band that’s like ‘oh, I’m not going

a road crew, so the band members haul all

to play that because I’m tired of it.’ We play

of the heavy equipment themselves, and

what people want to hear. I think that’s what

carefully set everything up prior to the show.

works for us. As a band, we’re all on the same

“I think it means a lot when you go to see

page. You get a lot of people that come into a

a band and they bring their own lights out

band and say, ‘I’m not a sell-out. I’m not going

and they throw a smoke machine in there.

to play that.’ Well, then, you probably don’t

We could get by with less, but we wouldn’t

really want to go out and play.

feel comfortable, because we know we’re

“We want to leave people happy. We want to play what people want to hear. If

not giving what we know we can deliver,” explains Devericks.

they’re having fun then we’re having more

Rotham agrees: “We mic all the amps,

fun,” Rothman chimes in. ”If they’re having

mic all the drums, have subwoofers . . . it’s

a good time, then we’ll play Sweet Home

a bigger sound because we do all of that

Alabama three times if they want. We’re

work, and it’s more fun for us when we sound

happy to do it.”

good.”

That being said, Broken Monday has

If the huge crowd that streamed into

an impressive variety of songs in their

Sine’ on Friday night and danced, sang,

repertoire. This enables them to please

cheered, and clapped all night was any

people of many different background, ages,

indication, the band’s work has paid off. If

and tastes. Rothman identifies this as a key to

you were part of that crowd, you probably

the band’s success: “These guys, Mike and Bill,

weren’t thinking about rehearsals, lighting,

are really good at reading a crowd. We have

sound systems, or why the band seemed to

a variety of music that we play, and the guys

play exactly what you wanted to hear. What

will see what a crowd is sort of responding

you did know was that it was a great night

to, and then we’ll just start throwing songs

of entertainment and fun, which means that

out from that genre. It’s really cool. We have

everything went exactly as planned. It also

set lists, but we rarely follow them at all. Mike

means that Broken Monday can’t wait to do

or Bill will call out a tune that they think the

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What’s in a Name? Broken Monday originally started off with a different name before discovering that another band had the legal rights to it. Devericks and the original drummer began brainstorming for a new name. The drummer said, “We’re always partying all weekend, so we’re broke on Monday.” After repeating “Broke On Monday” they liked the sound of it, but changed it slightly to “Broken Monday.” When you think about it, who among us hasn’t felt like their Monday was in need of repair? Their next live show will be at Sine’ Irish Pub on January 25, 2013 starting at 9:30 p.m. To contact Broken Monday for show bookings, or to purchase original music, go to brokenmonday.com.

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[ CITY SPACES ]

SIGN OF THE TIMES

The Residences at the John Marshall light up with gracious urban living By Jody Rathgeb

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cott and Zelda Fitzgerald would feel right at home in the Residences at the John Marshall. The glittering Roaring Twenties celebs could enhance their uptown lifestyles with gracious living in one of its 238

apartments, events at the building’s two ballrooms, get-togethers in the clubroom, and the advantages of 24-hour concierge services. But why let them have all the fun? This historical landmark building at 101 N. Fifth St. is also thoroughly modern with its Wi-Fi connections, a 2,000-square-foot fitness center, and easy access to Richmond’s best restaurants, museums, universities, entertainment, and parks, while remaining ideal for those who want to walk to work.

A spacious one bedroom apartment’s living room and kitchen areas

Designed by Marcellus E. Wright and opened in 1929, the

on-site caterer, Homemades by Suzanne, is available for home-

Hotel John Marshall offered luxurious accommodations for

delivered meals. Agreements with Relay Foods and Pets at Play can

visitors, business travelers and legislators. Visitors were awed

provide groceries and pet sitting, and lobby attendants “on duty

by its columned entrance, St. Genevieve marble, and elaborate

24 hours a day” accept packages and handle dry-cleaning traffic. A

chandeliers. Its ballrooms hosted weddings, dances, banquets,

guest suite can be rented for out-of-town visitors, and the spacious

and other major events. Among its celebrity guests over the years

clubroom includes a large-screen television and a pool table.

were Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor and Mary Tyler Moore. Today,

Much of the flavor of the John Marshall’s past has been retained.

after a major renovation, Dominion Realty Partners offers a living

Its iconic rooftop sign was meticulously restored to offer the same

experience that recalls that heady era.

type of glow given off by its original bulbs, and Dominion Realty

The new John Marshall living and commercial space has

managed to secure the ballroom chandeliers and restore them as

received a Green Globe certification for residential redevelopment.

well. “The combination of a restored historical site with unique floor

Within its sixteen floors there are 238 studio, one- and two-bedroom

plans and modern amenities has really created excitement for the

apartments, as well as community spaces. The barber shop long

downtown area,” says Peyton Adams, property manager. “Its central

associated with the hotel is back in its spot, also renovated; and the

location makes it ideal for people who want to be able to walk to

former Martini and Bubble Bar is ready to be leased as one of a

work and enjoy Richmond’s dining and entertainment scene.”

handful of retail spaces.

Apartment rentals range from the mid $800s for studios to $2,900

Residents will find modern apartments and amenities that suit

for a two-bedroom on the penthouse floor. For more residence

an urban lifestyle. Apartments have spectacular views and sleek

information, visit www.johnmarshallresidences.com, call (804) 212-

accoutrements such as marble counters and black appliances. An

1620, or email info@jmresidents.com. n

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THE FRANKLIN INN The Perfect Museum District Restaurant BY STEVE COOK, PHOTOS BY COREY DANIELS

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f I were charged with the task of creating the perfect

and nightclub business. Barta, who hails from Massachusetts,

Museum District restaurant—a truly cool and cozy

was pursuing a career in photography, when she “fell in love

neighborhood hangout, that also serves exceptional

with the restaurant industry.”

food—I honestly couldn’t come up with anything

“When (this GM position) fell into my lap,” she says, “I

that would top The Franklin Inn, located at the cor-

immediately called Tonya and asked her to be the assistant

ner of Franklin and Cleveland Streets. For starters,

GM.”

even the location, smack dab in the middle of one of the city’s

Clayton, a native of Virginia, has been in the restaurant

most beautiful, historic neighborhoods, is perfect. That includes

business since, as Barta puts it, “Before she was legally allowed

the building itself, which has been beautifully renovated. It’s

to work in the industry. She has an amazing ability to run the

even registered as one of the city’s historic buildings.

front of the house.”

But the building, as quaint and inviting as it may be, is just

Barta and Clayton also have demonstrated an amazing

the beginning. It’s the food, the atmosphere, and most impor-

ability to staff the restaurant with the sort of people you could

tantly, the people, that make The Franklin Inn a very special

only hope to find in that perfect Museum District restaurant.

place. Two of those people are Dale Barta and Tonya Clayton,

“Almost all of our staff have some sort of art background,” says

the Inn’s GM and assistant general manager. Both of these

Barta. “We have musicians, artists, painters, photographers,

lovely ladies come with impressive resumes in the restaurant

even a tattoo artist and a craftsman.”

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“Almost all of our staff have some sort of art background. We have musicians, artists, painters, photographers, even a tattoo artist and a craftsman.” Despite the fact that many of these people are in the process of developing successful careers in both the performing and visual arts, they are all some of the most hospitable, welcoming folks that you’d ever want to meet. It all comes together to make, well, yes, the perfect place to hang out. But while The Franklin Inn offers a very intimate bar set-

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ting with some of the most attractive personnel you’ll ever find on either side of a bar, the place is much more than that. Remember, we’re creating the perfect neighborhood restaurant. That means the food has to be excellent as well. And on that note, again, The Franklin Inn rises to the occasion. Chef Jaime Fitzgerald, who rounds out the Inn’s all-female management team, has been in the restaurant industry for over fifteen years, and demonstrates her exceptional skills on a daily basis. To appreciate the skills displayed, culinary-wise, it might help to know a little more about the Inn’s history. When it opened as The Franklin Inn in 1930, it was set up to serve only sandwiches and other light fare. Beginning in the 1970s, the Inn underwent several management and name changes, and for the most part had evolved into more of a bar (which didn’t sit all that well with the residents of the quiet neighborhood in

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which it’s located). But when Barta and Clayton took over in 2010, they made the most of their vast experience in the industry to conceive a restaurant that would do the neighborhood proud. “We have a very clear idea of what we want The Franklin Inn to be,” says Barta, “and we’re not going to deviate from our vision.” That vision, now a reality, has produced not just a neighborhood eatery, but a first-class destination restaurant offering up the epitome of comfort foods such as meatloaf, chicken wings (some of the best that I’ve ever enjoyed), and fabulous sandwiches. “We make a killer Reuben,” says Barta. There are also chalkboard specials that include a Catch of the Day and a Steak of the Day, as well as other delicious daily creations. The Franklin Inn is the perfect spot in what many might call a perfect, old-Richmond neighborhood. Says Barta: “The nostalgia of a place lost in time was important to us.” The Franklin Inn is the perfect Museum District spot in which to get lost in

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he world’s raw fuel sources are rapidly dwindling. Authors, historians and futurists predict that some time this century, the supply of raw fossil

Do-It-Yourself Diesel

fuels used to make oil and gasoline may be on its way to depletion.

A conversation about alternative energy

New sources of energy take decades to develop and utilize. But one Richmond

with Albany, NY, resident Mike Cioffi was a mini tutorial in the finer points of making

ecopreneur has devised a sustainable, reasonable, local solution to this global

your own fuel. Cioffi, an engineer with local

dilemma by reusing grease from his restaurants to fuel a taxi service for his patrons.

Richmond ties, has been distilling his own

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brand of diesel for five years. “Rudolph Diesel designed his engine to run on peanut oil. I’ve always been interested in machinery, and I figured I could come up with

ake Crocker owns Lady N’awlins, F.W.

Our customers could be riding home in a taxi

a system to create a functional diesel fuel. I

Sullivan’s Fan Bar & Grille, Uptown Mar-

that runs on gas created from recycled oil

needed raw product and I found that locally.”

ket & Deli, and Overture Event Cater-

that we used to prepare their dinners. It was

ing in Richmond. In Fredericksburg, he

like a light bulb went off.” Crocker’s excite-

owns F.W. Sullivan’s Old Town Bar & Grille and

ment over the project was embraced by his

two additional restaurants. As the owner of

partners.“We’ve just purchased a Volkswagon

several eateries, Crocker had a greasy prob-

Jetta that will run on kitchen grease, Crocker

lem on his hands.

says. “We’re having the car wrapped within

“We were looking for environmentally friendly options to pick up our spent kitchen

the next couple of weeks and it’ll be on the road by early 2013.”

grease in Fredericksburg, as we had been

And the name? “TurnUp Taxi just fit,”

donating our grease to BioTaxi in Richmond,”

explains Crocker. “It’s a basic, from-the-

says Crocker. “And with several restaurants,

ground-up marketing idea. It’s a green

used grease becomes a big issue if we cannot

concept with a fun play off Turnips, and it

get rid of it in a responsible manner.”

fits with the landscape of sustainability we’re

Crocker began researching processes that

seeing so much of in our daily lives. Plus,

he could use to turn his restaurant’s kitchen

people can just turn up to be taken to and

grease into fuel. “This is not a simple process.

from our restaurants.”

It involves heating and filtering the oil and a

Eventually Crocker hopes to see TurnUp

bunch of other steps. But I was very commit-

Taxis in other major cities. “We’re creating a

ted to reusing a resource from our kitchens.”

template here in Richmond for something

Crocker then took the grease-to-gas concept

that we hope to duplicate in other places. It’s

further. “Our patrons often need transporta-

a way to focus on two issues that restaurants

tion to and from our establishments. Taxis are

typically navigate on a daily basis. We all need

ubiquitous, but a taxi that runs on eco-friend-

to make sure our patrons arrive and depart

ly, sustainable fuel is still unique. The idea of

safely from our venues. And we are all

providing a taxi vehicle and fueling it with

inundated with kitchen grease in the

our own resources was too intriguing to not

preparing of food. TurnUp

pursue.”

Taxi is an all-around

“We have used grease going out the

win for customers,

backdoors of our restaurants. Our custom-

restaurateurs and the

ers who need a cab come out the front door.

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Cioffi picks up his raw oil from a local supermarket seafood department. “They fry fish. They’re careful about not reusing their product over and over, which makes the distilling process easier for me.” Cioffi spent time reading about different methods of distilling diesel from used cooking oil before arriving at his own recipe. “We live in a cold climate. I had to find ways of adding a few chemicals to keep my mixture from coagulating.” “With a bit of research and trial and error, I can now run two personal Mercedes vehicles on forty gallons of homemade fuel a week. My winter mix costs me fifty-seven cents a gallon. It’s great on the fuel budget and it’s good for the environment.”

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Events to Train For BY MEGAN MOORE

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hile the South may be best known for fried food and sweet tea, our Commonwealth’s capital city is also an ideal place to burn off all those calories and get fit and happy with a few thousand of your closest friends. Whether you’re a rabid runner or a wild walker, prefer to sprint or simply mosey to the finish, there are organized events throughout the greater Richmond that are sure to whet your workout whistle while benefiting great causes. Looking to get involved? Keep these tips in mind as you train for the event you choose: Find a plan.

Consult with a trainer or doctor before committing to run, and work together to come up with a plan. If you know you’re in good health, think about exercising your clicking finger to Google some pointers before you lace up those running shoes. Experts often post their training suggestions and plans online for novice and experienced athletes alike.

Stay rested and hydrated. Take care of yourself as you train—if you don’t give yourself that initial advantage, it’ll be an uphill battle to reach your goals.

Use the buddy system. Training with a friend can make your workouts seem less like drudgery and more like fun. This will make you more

The Color Run 5K – September 14, 2013 – Billed as “the

likely to stick with your plan and meet your goals. Don’t

happiest 5k on the planet,” no one leaves this event with

have an athletic buddy? Join a training group, stat!

anything less than a grin, as they’re cheered on by fellow runners and coated with powdered paint at each kilometer.

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Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K April 13, 2013 – One of Richmond’s most notable races, this 10k draws thousands of competitors to pound some of our fair city’s most scenic pavement to a soundtrack of cheers and live music. www.sportsbackers.org/events/monument-avenue-10k

Virginia 529 Kids Run April 13, 2013 – 5- to12-year-olds may not be ready for a 10k yet, but this event is the perfect cure for little feet itching to get on the blocks.

Henricus Dauber Dash June 29, 2013 – This 5-mile run starts and finishes on a historic settlement. As you wind through a scenic conservation area, challenge yourself to a bunch of intense obstacles to earn the reward of a rockin’ post-race festival. Plus, the kids can take part in a muddy one-miler. www.sportsbackers.org/events/henricus-dauber-dash

www.sportsbackers.org/events/virginia-529-kids-run

Columbia Muddy Buddy Ride and Run April 20, 2013 – Pairs encourage each other through a 3- to 4.5-mile run with military-style obstacles, or alternate running and biking through a 5- to7-mile course, leapfrogging all the way to the famous mud pit at the finish.

Anthem Moonlight Ride August 17, 2013 – Join 3,000 cyclists decked out in crazy lights and costumes for this fun 8- or 17-mile ride through Richmond’s Fan district. End the night by celebrating together with pizza, ice cream, and a Blue Moon. www.sportsbackers.org/events/moonlight-ride

Maymont X-Country Festival September 27-28, 2013 – Take in Maymont’s beautiful scenery in a wide array of running events open to everyone from students to advanced athletes. www.sportsbackers.org/events/maymont-x-countryfestival

www.5kfoamfest.com

Dominion Riverrock May 17-19, 2013 – 5ks, 10ks, trail runs, climbing – you can’t swing a running shoe without hitting a challenging fitness event during this 3-day extravaganza of sweat and achievement. www.dominionriverrock.com

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Run with a Cause Walk Now for Autism Speaks Benefiting Autism Speaks September 28, 2013

Color Me Rad Benefiting Special Olympics Virginia April 20, 2013

Central Virginia Race for a Cure Benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation May 11, 2013

www.muddybuddy.competitor.com

5k Foam Fest May 11, 2013 – The excitement of a mud run is combined with lots of foam, huge inflated obstacles, army crawls, cargo-net climbs, a moon walk, slip’n slides, and water obstacles in this race that is new to Richmond.

u A runner in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k.

Anthem Richmond Marathon/American Family Fitness Half Marathon/HCA VA 8k November 16, 2013 – Pick your pavement pounding poison from this upbeat racing medley and dash through downtown Richmond’s scenic streets. www.richmondmarathon.com. n

Run Like a Girl Benefiting HERA Foundation June 2, 2013 and October 13, 2013 www.runlikeagirl8k.com

Ashland Harvest Run Benefiting Hanover Habitat for Humanity and Hanover Interfaith Clinics October 2013

Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk for Arthritis Benefiting the Arthritis Foundation December 7, 2013

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RAISING THE BAR

Bourbon:

The All-American Beverage

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BY STEVE COOK, PHOTOS BY TIM HILL

hen it comes to the history of bourbon, there is much that remains unknown. There are some things we do know, and a thing or two we thought we knew. First, what don’t we know? While there are quite a few

traditions, with different folks claiming they or their forebears created bourbon whiskey, no one can say with certainty just where whiskey was born. Some claim that a Kentucky preacher named Elijah Craig was the “inventor.” They say he aged corn whiskey to produce the first bourbon. What we do know is that in 1789, Craig opened a distillery in Georgetown, Kentucky. But six years before that, in 1783, Evan Williams opened his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River, in Louisville. One myth regarding bourbon (certainly not one believed by any bourbon-loving Virginians) is that all bourbon whiskey must be made in Kentucky. While Kentucky produces about 95 percent of all bourbon, the whiskey can be made anywhere in the United States. And, in fact, Virginia plays an important role in the history of the beverage. After all, until the Commonwealth of Kentucky was formed in 1792, Bourbon County was originally located in Virginia. So, technically, the first distilleries were in Virginia. In more recent history, the first bourbon distillery in the United States, following prohibition, was the A. Smith Bowman Distillery (makers of Virginia Gentleman), originally located in Fairfax County. In 1988, due to the growth in that area, the distillery was moved to its present location in Fredericksburg. I asked Bowman’s master distiller, Truman Cox, how Virginia bourbon stacks up to its Kentucky cousin. “Bourbon isn’t really defined in regional flavors,” he says. “There’s a different base flavor for every distillery. A. Smith Bowman does have a distinctive apple and pear note that is present in all of our bourbons.” For those who want to know more about the production of the product, the Bowman distillery offers free tours (see their website for further details – www.asmithbowman.com). “Many visitors are delighted to learn about the amount of work and time that goes into making America’s native spirit,” says Cox. “One highlight is meeting Mary, our unique copper still named for Mary Hite Bowman, the mother of the Bowman Brothers. But the favorite, for everyone over twenty-one years of age, seems to be the complimentary tasting of the product at the end of the tour.”

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roxva.com, 303-9444

HAPPY HOUR: Monday – Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. $3.50 All Draft Beers 16oz, $2.00 Domestic Bottle Beer $4.00 Glass Wine, $3.00 House drinks

HAPPY HOUR: The folks at On the Rox have pulled out all the stops on their Happy Hour – Every Monday through Friday, from 3 until 6 pm you get 50% off everything except the entrees. That’s right – everything

ROSIE CONNOLLY’S

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1548 A East Main Street

until 7, the 50% discount applies to the drinks only, but,

rosieconnollys.com, 343-1063 HAPPY HOUR: Monday – Friday 4pm-7pm $3.00 well drinks; most drafts; 3.50 house wines

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drink specials. Also, feast on such delicacies as their famous

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