A veteran Richmond restaurateur has closed one of his West End eateries with plans to revive the concept farther east and to bring a new venture to the current location.
The Urban Tavern closed Monday at 10496 Ridgefield Parkway in the Gleneagles Shopping Center, according to owner Garland Taylor. The restaurant had been open for less than two years.
Taylor, who also owns Home Team Grill and its three locations, said he thinks Urban Tavern would do better closer to the city and that he’s looking for space.
“I believe that our concept is a little bit north of where it would need to be,” Taylor said. “Sometimes you’re in the river, but you’re not in the current.”
Urban Tavern was a self-described gastropub that focused on new American cuisine, according to its website. Leading up to its opening in August 2014, Taylor hired a consulting firm to help make the restaurant’s menu and design its layout. Its dinner menu ranged in price from $16 to $26 and included items like an adobo pork chop and shrimp and grits.
“This market out here would be better served by a different concept, and I’m working on that right now,” Taylor said. “I don’t think people are having an issue with our price points out here. That’s not the issue.”
Taylor said he plans to launch a new restaurant in The Urban Tavern space. He wants to renovate the 4,200 square feet and make craft beer part of the new concept.
“We’re going to definitely make some menu changes that will be better received,” Taylor said.
The Gleneagles Shopping Center is also home to Little Venice, Glory Days Grill, and Ichiban. The Urban Tavern had replaced Shackleford’s Restaurant, which had been open for 19 years. The shopping center is owned by Blackwood Development Co.
A new Crunch gym is also in the works in the shopping center’s former grocery space.
Taylor said he has his landlord’s blessing to launch a new venture at the shopping center.
“I’ve been doing this a long time,” Taylor said. “I’ve got a good track record, but sometimes you miss the mark by a little bit.”