A vacant Fan restaurant space has been brought back to life by a new venture served up by a longtime local chef.
Mike Hall’s Spoonbread Bistro opens for business today at 2526 Floyd Ave., in a building at the intersection of Floyd and Robinson avenues formerly occupied by Jorge’s Cantina.
The two-story restaurant will have 82 seats for patrons, including a 12-seat, upper level bar.
Spoonbread Bistro is the latest restaurant venture for Hall, a native of Richmond who ran his first restaurant – The Vine – in the Sixth Street Marketplace. He’s also an owner of the former M Bistro and Wine Bar in Rocketts Landing, and a former chef at 2300 Club in Church Hill.
Hall crafted Spoonbread’s menu to fuse well-known southern cuisines and French dishes. Entrees to be featured at the restaurant include smoked pheasant breast wrapped in bacon, and jumbo lump crab cakes with zucchini mashed potatoes.
Full service hours are expected within the coming weeks.
Spoonbread is one of several new additions to the area’s dining scene. Goatacado is setting up permanent residence at 1823 W. Main St., with plans to open its doors by early October in The Fan.
In the Museum District, the former Zeus Gallery Café at 201 N. Belmont Ave. is being overhauled into another restaurant by local restaurateur Steven Gooch.
Cultured Swine, which closed its doors at in Jackson Ward on Friday, is relocating to a new carry-out food stand and delivery post in the Grindstone Community Kitchen on Kensington Avenue.