A new downtown breakfast and lunch spot has opened for business, but not before renovations on its building unearthed an appetizing tease from a restaurant past.
Breakfast, Burger N More opened Tuesday at 1116 E. Main St., in the space that for years was home to Coppola’s Deli and, most recently, Rudino’s Pizza and Grinders.
The new 60-seat restaurant’s building at the corner of 12th and Main streets was constructed nearly 150 years ago as the former Richmond Daily Dispatch newspaper’s headquarters.
Passersby in recent weeks were given a history lesson and momentary tease when the removal of the Rudino’s logo left bare a sign for Williamsburg-based Pierce’s Pitt Bar-B-Que.
Turns out it was an old sign. Bob Butler, a broker with Butler Realty who handles leasing on the building, said Pierce’s had a location there about 30 years ago. Pierce’s officials said there are no plans for setting up shop in Richmond again.
Breakfast, Burger N More owner Arju Kibria said he moved quickly on the 2,100-square-foot space this spring to establish his first restaurant.
“There are a lot of people that work in the area,” he said. “With this concept, it will be able to appeal to more people.”
As its name implies, Breakfast, Burgers N More plans to serve traditional breakfast and lunch options familiar to the Richmond palate, including pancakes, burgers, crab cakes, fried chicken biscuits and salads.
“I wanted something simple,” Kibria said. “Something people were familiar with.”
The restaurant initially will serve breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., but Kibria said depending on demand, he may add delivery, dinner service and alcoholic drinks.
“Right now, I want to start with breakfast and lunch, and see where it goes,” he said.
Launching the restaurant is a dream come true for Kibria. The Bangladesh native immigrated to the U.S. in 1996, working initially for the New York Bagel Co. in Brooklyn and Queens.
In 2000, Kibria moved to Richmond, where he worked stints at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Garden Café and Robins Tea House as a server, as well as the former Double Tree Hotel downtown.
“I’ve worked in this industry for a very long time, so I know what works and what doesn’t,” he said. “I’m glad to be here.”