Natural, organic and biodynamic wine retailer RichWine RVA is teaming up with chef Emmanuel Baiden to launch Penny’s Wine Shop (405 Brook Road), a sustainable wine shop and restaurant.
RichWine has started will be a delivery wine store only during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new location will offer a permanent restaurant, wine shop and online collection. RichWine will still deliver orders a few days a week.
In addition, Baiden, who is primarily a freelance chef with occasional pre-order pop-ups, will run the kitchen, which will offer wine and small plate dinners and a special dinner menu. . This restaurant opened last weekend with regular hours to be announced soon.
The new space is small and cozy with a wine tasting bar, communal tables, smaller tables, and shelves for wine bottles and a few snacks and grocery items. Cases from Stoplight Gelato will continue to be filled with homemade frozen confections this spring and summer. Be sure to check out and receive the old stop light hanging from the ceiling as well.
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Penny’s wine selection is unique to RichWine RVA and is specially chosen to pair with Baiden’s food. “The idea is, you walk in, you see something on the shelf, and you know it’s going to go well with your food,” says co-owner Kristen Gardner Beal.
When it comes to food, there are a variety of small plates such as simple Sub Rosa bread with salty homemade butter and rye honey; whipped ricotta with beetroot chutney; and grilled Wellfleet oysters with rich apple and poblano butter. If you’re going out for dinner, opt for heartier dishes like Korean beef short ribs or duck with crispy skin, kabocha squash risotto and pecorino romano.
Penny’s officially opened on February 1st; Opening hours are Wednesdays from 2 to 9 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 9 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10 p.m. Guests can stop by for wine to go or by the glass, as well as regular wine tasting and snacks. Reservations are available for lunch and dinner.
Slurp! Ramen and the Emerald Lounge
The team behind The Jasper is opening a diner in the same building as Spotty Dog at 2416 Jefferson Ave.
Jasper co-owner Kevin Liu shared his ramen with the crowd for the first time during the Slurp! Ramen takeout pop-up at The Jasper while the bar was closed during the pandemic. The pop-up was so popular that the owner decided to make a Slurp! sustainable food concept including ramen, noodles and other noodle dishes.
Next door, they operate the Emerald Lounge, a smaller bar than The Jasper, with tropical drinks and dirty machines. Slurp! is aiming for a late February or early March opening, with the Emerald Lounge about a month away.