Restaurant’s quick start slows down

The Viceroy's opening has been pushed to July. (Photo by Mark Robinson)

The Viceroy’s opening has been pushed to July. (Photo by Mark Robinson)

Richmonders will have to wait a little longer to meet the Viceroy.

The opening of the newest restaurant in Devil’s Triangle near the Museum District has been pushed to July.

Viceroy co-owner Dave Bender said city inspections have delayed progress at the former Cafe Diem space at 600 N. Sheppard St.

“We were aiming for April originally, then April turned into May, and May turned into June,” Bender said. “We’re still probably three or four weeks out.”

Bender, who owns nearby Caliente, co-owns the Viceroy with Banditos owner Sean McClain and his wife, Joanne McClain. They bought the space in October, less than 10 days after Café Diem closed. The 2,100-square-foot property is managed by Bandazian and Holden.

Bender said they’ve replaced the floor, ripped out walls, restored the original ceiling and installed new kitchen equipment.

“Anyone who ever came in when it was Café Diem or Café 21 won’t even recognize it,” he said.

Renovations have cost more than $100,000, Bender said.

The Viceroy’s chef will be Ryan Baldwin, formerly of Tastebuds American Bistro on Northside and Accanto in the West End.

Its menu will include lots of sandwiches, small plates, salads and specials, Bender said.

The Viceroy's opening has been pushed to July. (Photo by Mark Robinson)

The Viceroy’s opening has been pushed to July. (Photo by Mark Robinson)

Richmonders will have to wait a little longer to meet the Viceroy.

The opening of the newest restaurant in Devil’s Triangle near the Museum District has been pushed to July.

Viceroy co-owner Dave Bender said city inspections have delayed progress at the former Cafe Diem space at 600 N. Sheppard St.

“We were aiming for April originally, then April turned into May, and May turned into June,” Bender said. “We’re still probably three or four weeks out.”

Bender, who owns nearby Caliente, co-owns the Viceroy with Banditos owner Sean McClain and his wife, Joanne McClain. They bought the space in October, less than 10 days after Café Diem closed. The 2,100-square-foot property is managed by Bandazian and Holden.

Bender said they’ve replaced the floor, ripped out walls, restored the original ceiling and installed new kitchen equipment.

“Anyone who ever came in when it was Café Diem or Café 21 won’t even recognize it,” he said.

Renovations have cost more than $100,000, Bender said.

The Viceroy’s chef will be Ryan Baldwin, formerly of Tastebuds American Bistro on Northside and Accanto in the West End.

Its menu will include lots of sandwiches, small plates, salads and specials, Bender said.

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Brian Glass
Brian Glass
9 years ago

Sorry Mark, but this location is not in the Fan. Your header is misleading.