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95º | Partly cloudy | 5% chance of rain | Sunrise 6:30 a.m. | Sunset 7:54 p.m.

 
Grab-and-go meals to eat outside
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Enjoy a meal with a view at Libby Hill Park. | Photo by RICtoday
Save time on grocery shopping for your next picnic — we’re mapping out which restaurants offer takout near our favorite outdoor spots.

Brown’s Island

Charlotte’s Southern Deli and Tapas, 200 S. 10th St. | Get a pick two sandwich and salad combination to enjoy by the river.

Urban Farmhouse, 1217 E. Cary St. | You’re a short walk from the James at this Shockoe Slip market and cafe.

Capitol Grounds

Native Plate, 1203 E. Main St. | Pick up Asian and American street food dishes like Pok Pok Wings, Bulgogi BBQ, or the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Banh-Mi.

Capitol Waffle Shop, 1110 E. Main St. | There are plenty of sweet and savory options at this eatery.

Sefton Coffee Company, 24 N. 8th St. | Get a pastry or sandwich to enjoy with a beverage, with only a block’s walk to Capitol Square.

Forest Hill Park

Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream, 3600 Forest Hill Ave. | This spot offers even more than the name suggests, with a menu including sandwiches, wraps, and salads to take on your way to the park.

Laura Lee’s, 3410 Semmes Ave. | This Southside staple’s evening hours mean you can grab dinner and head right to the park for a picnic.

Zombie Pizza, 3400 Semmes Ave. | Grab a pizza pie to enjoy, or try the wings, salads, and subs.

Libby Hill Park

Cobra Burger, 400 N. 27th St. | As long as you’re okay with navigating a saucy smash burger in a public setting, this spot is ideal for a grab-and-go dinner.

Poe’s Pub, 2706 E. Main St. | Order online and pick up a sandwich, slider, or burger to enjoy outdoors.

Want more outdoor options? Check out our comprehensive guide to Richmond parks — and let us know if you want to hear about more eateries near Richmond’s outdoor oases. On our shortlist: Chimborazo, Scuffletown, and Byrd Park.
 
 
Events
 
Monday, May 22
  • Monday Mini Market | Monday, May 22 | 6-9 p.m. | Crafted RVA, 4900 Libbie Mill E. Blvd., Richmond | Free | Shop from local artisans selling art, jewelry, and apparel.
Tuesday, May 23
  • VCU Baseball A-10 Tournament | Tuesday, May 23-Saturday, May 27 | 11 a.m. | The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | $5-$10 | Cheer on the Rams as they hunt for the conference championship.
  • Rival Sons | Tuesday, May 23 | 6 p.m. | The National, 708 E. Broad St., Richmond | $30 | Enjoy a night of rock with The Record Company and Starcrawler.
Wednesday, May 24
Friday, May 26
  • Friday Cheers: RVA Music Night | Friday, May 26 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Brown’s Island, S. 9th St., Richmond | $10-$15 | Local acts Butcher Brown, Celler Dwellers, and Cassidy Snider & The Wranglers will take the stage.
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News Notes
 
Travel
  • Breeze Airways is adding five more direct flights from Richmond International. RIC travelers can now fly to Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Long Island-Islip, Jacksonville, FL, and Providence, RI. Get need-to-know airport info with our guide to RIC. (NBC12)
Development
  • Vienna-based developer Middleburg Communities has started work at the site of the former Knights Inn motel in Henrico. The development, called The Brook, will have 300+ apartments and townhomes as well as commercial space. (Richmond BizSense)
Theater
  • Virginia Repertory Theatre unveiled its 2023-24 season at the November Theatre, Hanover Tavern, and new children’s theater center. Productions include the holiday musical “The Silver Belles,” “9 to 5, The Musical,” and “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery.”
Biz
  • Weidmüller Inc. broke ground on a new engineering, production, and warehouse facility in Chesterfield last week. The German electrical engineering company is undergoing a $16.4 million expansion on the site, which will also create 100+ new jobs.
Shop
  • The Diamond Flea Market returns this Sunday, May 28 from 12-6 p.m. Head to the stadium for vendors, live music, games, and food trucks. Can’t make it this time? It’ll be back Sunday, July 23.
  • Ukrop’s cinnamon crumb cake, a recent addition to its bakery offerings, has been picked up by Kroger. Now being sold in 1,800+ stores, it is the first Ukrop’s item to be carried nationwide. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Listen
  • Shockoe Records and HearRVA teamed up to create the Richmond Music Trail, an online resource for all things local music. Explore the site to find venues in different neighborhoods and access playlists of artists.
Watch
  • Maymont is hosting a documentary screening event on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. Reserve your space to see “Ocean Invaders” and learn about the invasive species of lionfish in southern Atlantic states. There will be a Q+A following the screening.
  • If the phrase “Scandoval” means anything to you, heads up. The Broadberry is hosting a screening of the “Vanderpump Rules” reunion on Wednesday, May 24. Doors will open at 8 p.m. for the 9 p.m. show and it is free to attend.
Finance
  • $200 welcome bonus — check. Unlimited cash back — check. 0% interest into 2024 — check. This card checks all our boxes.*
The Word
 
 
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Let us solve your Richmond mysteries
Outside of the Flying Squirrels stadium.
Cheers of “HAVE FUNN, GO NUTS” can be heard during Flying Squirrels games. | Photo by RICtoday
Whether you’re a lifelong Richmonder or just moved (we see you, NOVA expats), you may have questions about the River City. We’re starting a series to help bring those queries to light — and share the answers with everybody.

We were inspired by Reader Alexander D., who wondered why in the world the Flying Squirrels spell “FUNN” with two N’s. It’s a question that also plagued Richmonders when the Squirrels landed in our city in 2010.

Here’s the answer: One “N” simply isn’t enough to encapsulate all the fun going on at The Diamond. The Squirrels addressed the question on the RVA subreddit six years ago, adding that it is also the main phone line — 804-359-FUNN.

Have a burning question about the 804? Click the button below and we’ll see if we can drum up an answer.
 
 
The Wrap
 
Robin Schwartzkopf in a red button down shirt Today’s edition by:
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I was out of town this weekend and had to miss Riverrock — tag us in your Instagram photos so I can get over the FOMO.
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