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Richmond restaurant news: At least 6 new dining options in December

The dining room and bar at Botanya. Image: Courtesy of the restaurant

Richmond is teeming with new dining options this month, and even more places are expected to open throughout December.

⛳️ ICYMI, though I know you didn't since it's seemingly the most reported "eatertainment" opening ever, The Park at RVA is now open Wednesday through Sunday in the Diamond District.

Karri Peifer
Dec 2, 2022 - News

Richmond airport has tons of new nonstop flights

Richmond nonstop flight routes. Image: Courtesy of Richmond International Airport

The number of nonstop flights out of Richmond has nearly doubled since the pandemic.

The intrigue: Las Vegas, San Francisco, New Orleans, Tampa, Charleston and, as of May 2023, Minneapolis/St. Paul are just a few of the nonstop routes new to Richmond since 2020.

Ned Oliver
Dec 1, 2022 - Politics

Speculation swirls on who Richmond's next Congress member will be

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

No one's talking openly yet about who will run to fill the late Rep. Don McEachin's seat representing Richmond in Congress.

Yes, but: That's not stopping wild speculation behind the scenes.

Richmond's holiday-themed bars

Helen's restaurant. Photo: Sabrina Moreno/Axios

Nearly every restaurant in Richmond is decked out with holiday cheer, but a handful went all-out to turn their dining rooms and bars into winter wonderlands — with drinks.

Miracle on Cary: Every December, The Jasper in Carytown becomes Miracle nightly, beginning at 5pm.

Ned Oliver
Dec 1, 2022 - Politics

Mapped: Richmond’s real estate tax-exemption bonanza

Data: City of Richmond; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

Nearly a quarter of city properties are exempt from paying any taxes to the city — a statistic that's drawing attention as real estate assessments skyrocket.

What's happening: The observation comes by way of Richmond Magazine news editor Scott Bass, who notes the city is poised to take another large swath of city property off the tax rolls with the Diamond District deal.

Ned Oliver
Nov 30, 2022 - Politics

Tributes pour in after Rep. Donald McEachin's death

Photo: AP Photo/Steve Helber

From President Biden to Mayor Stoney, Rep. Don McEachin's death Monday set off a cascade of warm remembrances.

What they're saying: Many state and local officials called McEachin instrumental to launching their own political careers.

Ned Oliver
Nov 30, 2022 - News

A look inside Richmond's new entertainment wonderland

Selfie-friendly swing sets greet visitors to The Park. Photo: Ned Oliver/Axios

The Park opens its doors for the first time Wednesday.

Why it matters: The $8 million, 1,300-person food and entertainment venue is the size of a football field and stuffed with intricately themed diversions.

Ned Oliver
Nov 30, 2022 - News

Employment in Richmond back to pre-pandemic levels

Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics; Note: October 2022 data is preliminary; Chart: Axios Visuals

The Richmond-area job market is back to pre-pandemic levels of employment as of last month.

Why it matters: During the depths of the pandemic, more than 70,000 jobs vanished from the region — a huge economic hit from which we're only just recovering.