After a two-year run, an eatery on East Grace Street has folded its linens for the last time.
The 525 at The Berry Burk restaurant closed April 19.
“There is never just any one reason,” 525 owner and operator Tom Haas said of the decision to close. “Honestly, I think someone else can do it better than I can.”
Haas, Taylor Hasty, and Ted and Jim Ukrop in 2012 opened the 5,600-square-foot restaurant at 525 E. Grace St. It was the first business to take commercial space on the ground floor of the renovated Berry Burk building, the former home of its namesake, a once-popular Richmond clothing store.
Hasty left 525 in spring 2013 and this year opened Game On Sports Bar and Grill in Midlothian.
The Ukrops led the redevelopment of the 1920s-era property, much of which was converted into apartments. Haas said 525 was designed to make the most of its proximity to Richmond CenterStage across the street at 600 E. Grace St.
“On show nights, it was packed. That worked. It’s just there are only so many shows a year,” Haas said. “We struggled to find our identity on non-show nights.”
Jim Ukrop said the future of the restaurant space is still being decided.
Haas, on April 15, announced in a Facebook message that Saturday would be 525’s last day of service.