Ian Boden now chef at Blue Light

What was sad news in Staunton–the closing of the much-talked-about Staunton Grocery, the farm-to-table inspired eatery in the Queen City created by chef/owner Ian Boden–has turned into good news for the DTM. “I took over as Executive Chef at Blue Light Grill on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, bringing all the great farmers, wonderful products…

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Belmont vortex: Vision vs. reality in Belmont Bridge debate

There’s a grass roots community movement calling for the re-design of the east end of the downtown area, creating a “gateway” (“Gait-Way,” actually, to emphasize pedestrianism) from Belmont that would dovetail into the Downtown Mall in a less car-centric, more pedestrian-friendly way. There’s just one problem: there’s a big bridge in the way. READ MORE…

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