Alright, party people. Saturday is the day. The Irish Festival, Shamrock the Block, returns to the Boulevard from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Grab your green and get ready for a good time.
By now you’ve likely heard of Tang & Biscuit, a shuffleboard facility, that opened in Scott’s Addition. Plenty has been written about it; About how big it is, and how it has 10-lanes, an event space with yard games or how it’s got a 50-foot bar – but I’m not sure anyone has written about what playing the game is actually like. So, I thought I would.
Recently, a group of us got the chance to experience it for ourselves. Just a random Friday night decision to try something new.
We arrived at 9:00pm, parked in the back parking lot, and walked into an already crowded Tang and Biscuit. I mean people from the front door to the back door were playing shuffleboard, cornhole, Jenga or Connect 4. Some were there to watch football, drink at the bar or just eat.
We waited a bit, maybe 10-minutes, for a lane to clear from the previous players. We then received our biscuits: four yellow and four black and were sent on our way.
None of us remembered how this game was played but a Lane Captain was sent over to give us the low-down on how it was supposed to be done. It was loud and I tuned out, so I just trusted that someone in my group paid attention and went along with what they did before realizing there’s a handy-dandy cheat sheet at each of the shuffleboard lanes. The laminated card is written like airline safety instructions; it’s got an illustration with step by step details and rules on what you’re supposed to do.
Similar to Cornhole, Horseshoes or Bocce, two players (opponents) are on one side of the lane while their partners are on the other side of the lane. All eight of the biscuits (pucks), yours and your opponents, are lined up in the bottom part of the triangle that is painted on each end of the lane. You shoot from there, taking turns pushing it to the opposite triangle and trying to drift it into the scoring zones.
Now here’s the deal: while the puck slides easily, there’s a finesse to it. Too hard and you’re smacking the back wall. Too soft and the puck is landing in the dead zone. You’ve got to get it just right to land it in the triangle. And when it gets there, it can’t touch a line or it doesn’t count. You also can’t land in the widest part of the triangle (the Kitchen) or you lose 10 points.
You can strategize and hit your own puck to get it into scoring zones, like a combo in pool, or do the same to play defense and push your opponent’s biscuit off the scoreboard. Kinda awesome and you can see where it gets beyond competitive.
We ordered drinks while we played. Most of us had beer but some did the Tangtails; Tang & Biscuits’ signature drink which is Tang powder mixed with various liquors and served in a cute lightbulb. You have to do it – because it’s part of the experience, but Tang is definitely an acquired taste. I’ll just leave it at that.
And, let’s face it shuffleboard is a game you can play while holding a tang (stick) in one hand and a Tang cocktail in the other. In fact, I would argue that I played even better once I did.
Because you have the lane for an hour your party of four can play several games while scoring yourselves on a chalkboard. Or, you can bring extra friends and play them when you move on and want to give other people a chance to experience it.
There is food to order. It was pretty good bar food but it did take a while to get it. Like, we were almost done by the time it arrived, we were told that was a fluke.
Like I said – the place was packed, and it’s so bright and cheery in there it’s hard not to stop and glance around at everything while you’re playing. I do think my favorite part was seeing so many different kinds of people having fun. Really it was a mix of young, old, black, white, families and singles and on and on. And yeah – it was just fun. Fun putting my phone down and just doing something together as a group. It feels bonding and indoctrinating.
Since it was a weekend the lane time was $50 an hour; divided by four that’s not too pricey. I’m pretty sure that’s cheaper than taking four people bowling – still costly if you add drinks and food, but I’d definitely go back.
This Saturday, area fitness studios are teaming up for the first-ever RVA FitGive, an initiative that aims to raise $50,000 for VCU’s Massey Cancer Center.
Seven local fitness studios will team up to hold 12 hours of simultaneous classes and raise the funds.
Launched by local fitness entrepreneurs, the RVA FitGive is Richmond’s first-ever 12-hour fitness event to support VCU Massey Cancer Center. 5:00 AM until 6:00 PM, seven different fitness studios will host donation-based classes to support cancer research all in one day.
Participating studios include Pure Barre Midlothian, Pure Barre Richmond Near West End, Turn RVA, Endorphasm, FLOW Cycle, GS Nation, and the November Project. Turn, locally owned, operates in Scott’s Addition.
It all takes place this Saturday, December 1st.
For a minimum donation of $25, you can take a class at any participating studio. You can also donate online here.
The late summer, early fall was bustling with new ‘additions’ to Scott’s Addition’s social scene. So, we thought it would be a good time to update everyone on what’s moved in. (Prayer hands if I left anyone out.)
Tang & Biscuit This baby opened late August and boy is it something. The first indoor shuffleboard social venue in Richmond.
It’s called Tang and Biscuit because that’s what the stick and puck are called. I didn’t know that – I thought it was some catchy reference to the food and the cute Tang cocktails they serve in a lightbulb. Ooops.
Tang and Biscuit has 10 regulation shuffleboard lanes, a 50-foot bar, a kitchen serving a fun menu, and a back room full of large yard games including Connect Four, Jenga and Cornhole.
It’s also got tons of TV’s and big screens. Really an optimal place to play games, watch people play games or just people watch.
If you don’t play Shuffleboard and let’s face it, very few do, there are Court Captains that get you through it. The games are about $20 an hour, weekdays and $30 an hour on weekends. And yep – it’s kid friendly and has league play available.
Tang and Biscuit is located at 3406 W. Moore St. $
The young family that grew an orchard of apples and pears in Goochland County has now opened a tasting room inside the newly renovated Highpoint Building on Broad St. (yep, the building with Bernie Sanders painted on the side).
All the production of their awesome cider is still done on the 4.5 acres they have in Maidens, but they’re now bringing it right to us to taste in Scott’s Addition. They’re producing about 10 ciders now (according to their website) and you can sample on their outside patio or garden.
It is open Tuesday to Friday after 4pm and Saturday and Sunday after noon.
Courthouse Creek Cider is located at 3300 W. Broad Street. $
City Barre A friend of mine said City Barre is the chicest fitness studio she’s ever been to. And I don’t think many could argue that. It’s located in a former warehouse space but you wouldn’t know that with all the gold, velvet and ornate light fixtures that now fill the room. It’s swank!
There are plenty of Barre classes but the studio owner, Gretchen Stumpf, really hopes you’ll hang out a while and has added a comfy patio and lounge with self-serve coffee to her space.
A variety of classes are offered all week long, in a variety of time slots that begin at 6:00am. There are also several membership options to choose from but you can just drop-in and try a class.
City Barre is located at 1404 Belleville Street $$
Longoven wasn’t even a full-blown restaurant, just a pop-up in 2016, and was getting awesome reviews in Bon Appetit magazine. And now that it’s here in Scott’s Addition – it’s blowing guests away with its uber cool, minimalistic atmosphere and absolutely artistic plates of delicious food. A far cry from what that space used to look like, by the way.
I went in before opening and asked, “So, what kind of food do you serve, is it foofy, foodie stuff?” I wasn’t trying to be rude or ignorant but most food has a style and a theme. Co-owner Andrew Manning politely responded – “You should follow us online.”
Longoven’s menu is a la carte and served throughout the restaurant but walk-ins are welcome. There is also a Chef’s table and dinner is served off a tasting menu through reservations. You can also just pull up to the bar and grab cocktails, wine and beer.
A friend described it like this, “It was a unique experience. It felt elite. The ambiance is great and the way the food is presented feels more like New York, San Francisco or Chicago than Richmond.”
Longoven is closed Sundays and Mondays and is located at 2939 W. Clay Street. $$$
Aloi, which was once just a neighborhood food truck, opened in late July in the space that once housed Idle Hands Bread Company and flanks The Arcade on the corner of Leigh Street and Summit (Yes, the building with the retro Arcade mural that was painted over – but that’s a whole other story).
When it was doing food truck fare, they had a pretty awesome Poke bowl. Now a restaurant, the owner of Aloi who also co-owns Sabai, is serving up seasonal Contemporary American cuisine. It means they’re making food that’s in season and can be purchased from local farmers.
Aloi also has a full bar with cocktails, beer and wine and guests call it a “chilled atmosphere”. Reservations are accepted and it’s closed on Monday and open after 4:30pm most days of the week.
Aloi is located at 3103 W. Leigh Street. $$
Perch was probably our most anticipated restaurant opening of this year. Why? Because it’s housed in the old Joy Garden restaurant and part of the gateway into Scott’s Addition.
The landmark Chinese neon marquis façade is long gone and what stands now is a beautiful modern and inviting entrance that includes indoor and outdoor patio seating. It’s bright and airy and quite the contrast from the dark and dated restaurant that long-lived on Broad Street.
The menu is an eclectic twist on traditional Filipino cuisine, and the plating is fabulous. You can dine in the dining room, or the private community table with a clear view of the kitchen so you can see all the in’s and outs of what’s going on behind the curtain.
Perch is closed on Mondays and reservations can be made online. It’s located at 2918 W. Broad Street. $$
Other spots to check out:
Don’t Look Back opened in May 2018
Stella’s Market opened in April 2018
River City Roll opened in April 2018
Tazza Kitchen, the local restaurant chain with six locations–including one that opened last December on Roseneath Road Scott’s Addition–is doubling down in the neighborhood with a forthcoming gourmet to-go concept on Altamont Avenue.
The Big Kitchen, as the new business will be known, may sound familiar. It’s been the home and namesake of Tazza’s test and prep kitchen for all of its area locations since last year.
Danielle Goodreau, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Chicago, will serve as The Big Kitchen’s Executive Chef and will assist in recipe development company-wide. You may remember her from Rancho T or The Sharper Palate.Now, the restaurant is opening the operation to the public in a drive-thru-type operation. Think of it as Brew Thru for freshly-made prepared foods to take home or serve to a large group. The restaurant will also offer delivery.
No word on when The Big Kitchen will officially open, we’re hearing it will be sometime this fall.
In the meantime, you can sign up for updates on the business’s opening on their website.
The Big Kitchen is located at 1600 Altamont Avenue in Scott’s Addition.
In Virginia, the 23230 ZIP code was identified as the number one Millennial hotspot in Virginia, with a spike of Millennials of 43.4% over a five-year period.
What do you know about Studio Two Three I have to say, the first time someone mentioned it, I didn’t know much (I was referred there when I was trying to save money for a t-shirt order). I was told classes were held there and you could learn how to screen print a t-shirt or how to use Photoshop for some DIY savings.
River City Roll officially opens its doors to the public today. It’s the first boutique bowling alley in Richmond and you have to experience it first-hand to understand what that term “boutique bowling” even means.
Stella’s Market is officially open for business in Scott’s Addition, right next door to Vasen Brewing Company in the Handcraft Building. The new grocery and café is not just bigger than its original location on Lafayette Street, it offers a little more.
As I walk around, I can almost smell the brisket and ribs. I’m still in a construction zone for sure and nothing is on the pit – but I have eaten a few plates of ZZQ, so I know what’s in store this March and I can hardly wait.