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One downtown eatery closing, another opening

Sign inside Made In Virginia Store

Downtown Fredericksburg is getting one new eatery but losing another.

Justin and Nicole Cunningham plan to soon open Fizzlebottom’s Cafe at the food counter inside the Made In Virginia Store at 920 Caroline St. Nathan’s hot dogs and Bruster’s ice cream had been sold there previously, but that operation closed last year. The awning outside the store will soon be changed, said Made In Virginia Store co-owner Kathryne Mitchell. She said the new venture will serve soups, sandwiches and other lunch items.

Monday will be the last day, however, for another popular downtown restaurant that has been in business for 10 years. Dan Battista’s Old Town Grill & Cafe at 722 Caroline St. will serve up its last breakfast and lunch offerings that day.


  • John Wheat

    That really sucks that Old Town Grill & Cafe is going.  It is the best place for breakfast.  

  • Stacey Howerton Thomas

    Is that the place that doesn’t have a sign on the outside?

  • Gary Shorts

    I’m going to have to check this place out before they close.  Never knew it existed.

  • John Wheat

    Yeah… it is across the street from the collectors den.  And the place with the cigar Indian statue. 

  • Cindy Langley

    We enjoyed a great breakfast there last week.  Sad to see it go.  Can anyone recommend a good place for breakfast that’s not a chain restaurant?

  • Denise

    try family diner on princess anne st for breakfast. it is right next to carl’s. it’s awesome!!

  • Fred Burger

    Dang, I wish another antique like store would open up instead.