Duo carries downtown tunes to the West End

Photos by Michael Thompson.

Lisa Harrison and Kevin Liu plan to open a West End music venue. Photos by Michael Thompson.

A music retail veteran and a former Marine want to bring the Richmond music scene out to the West End.

Lisa Harrison and Kevin Liu are opening The Tin Pan, a music venue, restaurant and bar at 8982 Quioccasin Road in Quioccasin Station. The business partners have a five-year lease on the 5,000-square-foot space near Regency Square Mall and plan to open in February with a venue that can hold 150 people with “cabaret-style seating.”

Harrison said she hopes national and regional acts, along with casual American food will attract people to The Tin Pan.

“The West End and the suburbs are ready for something like this,” Harrison said. “We could do something like this because most of the music venues are downtown or in the Fan where parking is limited.”

Richmond’s music scene has been shaken up this year. Last month, a large California company bought the National, a downtown concert hall with a capacity of about 1,500.

And Rand Burgess, who owns The Camel, opened The Broadberry in April at 2729 W. Broad St., which can hold about 350 people.

The Tin Pan will replace a Mexican Restaurant in Quioccasan Station.

The Tin Pan will replace a Mexican Restaurant in Quiocassin Station.

The name The Tin Pan comes from a section in Manhattan once referred to as Tin Pan Alley where many music publishers and songwriters worked.

This is Harrison’s first try at the concert industry after running her musical instruments shop, Harrison Music, in Quioccasin Station for 15 years. Harrison said she sold the business last year. Owning a music venue has always been her goal, she said.

Renovations on the property, which was formerly home to Mexican restaurant Don Pedro, will cost $40,000 to $45,000, Harrison said.

Harrison’s partner Liu said he was a Marine for six years before returning to civilian life in March. Liu, who plans to be behind the bar at The Tin Pan, also wrote a drink recipe book called Craft Cocktails at Home.

No acts have been scheduled for The Tin Pan, but Harrison is talking with talent buyers who find acts looking for places to perform. The partners plan to have music four to five nights a week.

Liu said he and Harrison hope to book a variety of acts but will be selective.

“It’s not a mosh pit or a rave,” Liu said. “It’s any kind of music you’d feel comfortable having dinner with.”

Photos by Michael Thompson.

Lisa Harrison and Kevin Liu plan to open a West End music venue. Photos by Michael Thompson.

A music retail veteran and a former Marine want to bring the Richmond music scene out to the West End.

Lisa Harrison and Kevin Liu are opening The Tin Pan, a music venue, restaurant and bar at 8982 Quioccasin Road in Quioccasin Station. The business partners have a five-year lease on the 5,000-square-foot space near Regency Square Mall and plan to open in February with a venue that can hold 150 people with “cabaret-style seating.”

Harrison said she hopes national and regional acts, along with casual American food will attract people to The Tin Pan.

“The West End and the suburbs are ready for something like this,” Harrison said. “We could do something like this because most of the music venues are downtown or in the Fan where parking is limited.”

Richmond’s music scene has been shaken up this year. Last month, a large California company bought the National, a downtown concert hall with a capacity of about 1,500.

And Rand Burgess, who owns The Camel, opened The Broadberry in April at 2729 W. Broad St., which can hold about 350 people.

The Tin Pan will replace a Mexican Restaurant in Quioccasan Station.

The Tin Pan will replace a Mexican Restaurant in Quiocassin Station.

The name The Tin Pan comes from a section in Manhattan once referred to as Tin Pan Alley where many music publishers and songwriters worked.

This is Harrison’s first try at the concert industry after running her musical instruments shop, Harrison Music, in Quioccasin Station for 15 years. Harrison said she sold the business last year. Owning a music venue has always been her goal, she said.

Renovations on the property, which was formerly home to Mexican restaurant Don Pedro, will cost $40,000 to $45,000, Harrison said.

Harrison’s partner Liu said he was a Marine for six years before returning to civilian life in March. Liu, who plans to be behind the bar at The Tin Pan, also wrote a drink recipe book called Craft Cocktails at Home.

No acts have been scheduled for The Tin Pan, but Harrison is talking with talent buyers who find acts looking for places to perform. The partners plan to have music four to five nights a week.

Liu said he and Harrison hope to book a variety of acts but will be selective.

“It’s not a mosh pit or a rave,” Liu said. “It’s any kind of music you’d feel comfortable having dinner with.”

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