A quick spin through Richmond Magazine’s Best & Worst 2012 finds a number of Fan-area winners:
Anybody else seen a copy yet? Are there any local kudos that I missed?
Buddy’s, the Fan restaurant known for its outdoor patio, neighborhood feel and down-to-earth regulars, must find a new location after 30 years on the corner of Robinson Street and Stuart Avenue. The restaurant’s lease is up at the end of the year and isn’t being renewed, manager Angie Dudley confirms.
Comments on the “Save Buddy’s” group on Facebook indicate that another restaurant tenant has been arranged for the space.
The Richmond community has another, though more limited, recipe collection documenting the history of some well known Fan restaurants. In 2000 Ann Meade Bensenfelder published Signs of Good Taste: recollections & recipes from Richmond’s historic Fan restaurants. Twelve vintage Fan restaurants were profiled: Buddy’s, Chiocca’s, Davis & Main, Helen’s, Joe’s Inn, Julian’s, Robin Inn, Sally Bell’s Kitchen, Sobel’s, Stella’s, Strawberry Street Café, and the Village Café. A brief history, photographs, and selected recipes from each restaurant are included.
VIA RICHMOND COOKS 1898-2010: A sampling of cookbooks in the Library of Virginia collection (Shockoe Examiner 2/14/11)