An established Richmond restaurateur is galloping into the Southside.
James Talley, along with partners Jim Dickerson, Harrison Steel and Eden Brown, are opening the White Horse Tavern at 3410 Semmes Ave. near Forest Hill Park in August.
Talley is also a co-owner at The Cask Cafe & Market in the Fan and last year sold his stake in The Commercial Taphouse and Grill. Dickerson was Talley’s original partner at the Commercial Taphouse. Steel and Brown both have backgrounds in beer bars in Richmond and Norfolk.
Talley said White Horse Tavern will be a British-style pub that serves fare such as savory Cornish pasty, fish and chips, burgers and chicken wings. The food will be similar to what was served at the Commercial Taphouse before An Bui of Mekong Restaurant & Bar took it over. At least one English beer will always be on tap, and cask beer will be available, too.
“We’re focusing on British food with local ingredients,” Talley said.
Talley said he’s always liked the area near Forest Hill Park and saw a need for another dining option on the Southside.
“There’s just a huge need for places to walk to, sit down and relax,” Talley said. “There’s a huge need for restaurants and social gathering places in the area.”
The White Horse will join Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream and Chef Mamusu’s African on Main in the neighborhood.
Talley said his landlord is doing most of the construction on the 2,500-square-foot property, which was formerly home to a Jamaican eatery. Grayland Avenue Properties owns the building, according to city records.
Talley said he and his partners hope to keep their expenses under $200,000. They are financing the new venture themselves.
Plans for The White Horse were first reported by Richmond.com.