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Food news: Not your average ice cream parlor

Catching up on food news from the past week and food happenings around the region, with a sprinkling of other interesting tidbits from around the Web. Look for this every Thursday. Submit events to

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Add Beazley’s Pumpkin Patch to the list of area spots to pick a big orange gourd. As Cathy Dyson reports, this family farm also offers an array of vegetables along with the pumpkins.

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The Bridges Brick Oven pizza restaurant in Spotsylvania County’s Harrison Crossing shopping center has closed. Bridges also formerly had locations in Central Park in Fredericksburg and Celebrate Virginia North in Stafford County, but those previously closed. Little Caesars will be opening a pizza restaurant at 5709 Plank Road in a space at Harrison Crossing that used to be home to This ‘n That. Thanks to Bill Freehling for this information.

F.W. Sullivan’s Old Town Bar and Grille plans to open in the William Street space formerly occupied by Longstreet’s Nov. 9. The restaurant has requested tax breaks from the city to encourage it to open here, and the City Council will consider that request Nov. 8.

This week’s review: Taste of China, in Spotsylvania

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With free wi-fi, lasers and a fog machine that provide dance-club atmosphere at night, Mystic Ice Gelato is not your average ice cream shop. Read our report from Weekender here.

Hartwood Winery’s Harvest Festival happens Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. $15 per adult; children free. Hartwood releases new wine 2007 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Guest winery Rogers Ford joins Hartwood with wine tastings, live music, tours, food vendor, hayrides, pony rides from 1-4pm, scarecrow making, moon bounce, and more.

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