Garnett’s Café to open new location at the Valentine

Kendra Feather's Garnett's Cafe sandwich concept is headed downtown. (Courtesy Garnett's Cafe)

Kendra Feather’s Garnett’s Cafe sandwich concept is headed downtown. (Courtesy Garnett’s Cafe)

A local restaurateur has cooked up a second helping of one of her brands inside a local museum.   

Kendra Feather signed a deal to open a second location of her Garnett’s Café at the Valentine museum downtown.

Dubbed Garnett’s at the Valentine, the restaurant has a two-year lease for about 15,000 square feet of courtyard space behind the museum’s historic 1812 Wickham House at 1015 E. Clay St., said John Murden, Feather’s business partner and husband.

Garnett’s at the Valentine takes over space once occupied by Sally Bell’s Kitchen, which in late January moved into bigger digs at 2337 W. Broad St.

“We moved pretty quickly to secure the lease,” said Murden, who will manage the location.

Garnett's at the Valentine has signed a two-year lease to operate a restaurant in its courtyard. (Courtesy of the Valentine)

Garnett’s at the Valentine has signed a two-year lease to operate a restaurant in its courtyard. (Courtesy of the Valentine)

The Valentine location will serve as a sister spot to Feather’s original Garnett’s Café, which she opened in 2009 at 2001 Park Ave. in the Fan.

This is Feather’s fifth restaurant venture in the city. In September, she opened Laura Lee’s on Semmes Avenue in Forest Hill. She also owns Ipanema Cafe on Grace Street near VCU and The Roosevelt, and was a founding partner of WPA Bakery in Church Hill.

Named for Feather’s grandmother, Garnett Beckham, Garnett’s is known for its sandwiches, and two-thirds of the new Valentine menu will come from the original Fan concept, Murden said.

“We plan to also pull in some healthier items from Ipanema and work on some new items as well,” Murden said. He added that the new location will look to serve beer and wine later in the year.

Garnett’s at the Valentine is set to open by late May. It initially will operate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Murden said. Eventually the group plans to introduce breakfast and after-work hours. It also will look to take advantage of events hosted at the Valentine.

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