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Metzger owners’ new restaurant open; adjoining coffee shop in the works

J. Elias O'Neal July 11, 2017 4

From left: James Kohler, Brad Hemp, Brittanny Anderson, Olivia Wilson and Nathan Conway. (J. Elias O'Neal)

From left: James Kohler, Brad Hemp, Brittanny Anderson, Olivia Wilson and Nathan Conway. (J. Elias O’Neal)

The first of two food tenants in a new Scott’s Addition development is up and running.

Brenner Pass restaurant served its first dinner crowd June 22 at 3200 Rockbridge St., Suite 100, on the ground floor of the commercial portion of the redeveloped Symbol Mattress factory property.

The restaurant is the product of Church Hill’s Metzger Bar and Butchery co-owners Brittanny Anderson, Nathan Conway and Brad Hemp, along with pastry chef Olivia Wilson and drink maker James Kohler.

At 4,200 square feet, Brenner Pass seats 140, including about 40 on the patio.

“It’s one of the largest patios in Scott’s Addition,” Anderson said. “The space will allow us to serve many people, and given what’s happening in the neighborhood, we’re just really excited to be here.”

The Brenner Pass menu focuses on modern European cuisines of the Alpine region, with marinated artichokes, shellfish risotto and polenta and a raw bar.

Hickok Cole designed the space, where Anderson said she hopes to accommodate large parties and dining groups with a specialized menu that may include large cuts of lamb and beef.

Work continues on Chair Lift, a coffee shop next door to Brenner Pass. (J. Elias O'Neal)

Work continues on Chair Lift, a coffee shop next door to Brenner Pass. (J. Elias O’Neal)

“It’s an option that we want to build on now that we’re in this space,” Anderson said, adding that brunch service will begin July 22.

Next door to the restaurant, Brenner Pass’ adjoining coffee house – dubbed Chair Lift – is set to open by mid-August, Anderson said.

The 1,700-square-foot coffee shop also will serve as a grab-and-go outpost for sandwiches and pastries made in-house at Brenner Pass.

The coffee shop and restaurant are among 10 tenants that will fill the 60,000-square-foot commercial portion of the Symbol development – a $33 million undertaking by Richmond-based Spy Rock Real Estate Group and Holladay Corp. from Washington, D.C.

Retailer Jackson & James already has opened on the ground floor and anchor tenant Dominion Payroll moved in this week. Its other neighbors will include IT firm Impact Makers, the corporate office for urgent care chain BetterMed, the Richmond office of engineering firm Michael Baker International, and offices for Strategic Staffing Solutions and real estate company 37th Parallel.

The commercial building is expected to be complete by September and the first wave of 202 apartments across the parking lots is expected to be ready by the fourth quarter, with the rest to follow in the first quarter 2018.

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  1. J. Sid del Cardayre July 11, 2017 at 8:06 am - Reply

    What is the meaning behind the name “Chair Lift” for the coffee shop? Asking for a friend…..

    • Brad July 11, 2017 at 12:48 pm - Reply

      The name “Chair Lift” is just playing off the skiing associations of the Alps and Brenner Pass.

  2. Ed Christina July 11, 2017 at 9:59 am - Reply

    Bremner Pass is excellent, as good as any place in Richmond.

    If you’re going, be sure to make reservations.

  3. Roy Allison July 12, 2017 at 9:22 am - Reply

    Can hardly wait – hope the great Black Hand Coffee makes the trip as well!

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