Lakeside restaurant hot streak continues

Revel, a new restaurant concept by Julep’s New Southern Cuisine’s Amy Cabaniss and chef Cory Chaney, Spectrum Richmond space at 6223 Lakeside Ave. in Henrico County. (Amy Cabaniss)

Another food establishment is headed for Lakeside, this time with the owner of Julep’s looking to bring her newest concept to the neighborhood.

Revel, to be co-owned by Julep’s New Southern Cuisine’s Amy Cabaniss and executive chef Cory Chaney, is preparing to take over the former Spectrum Richmond space at 6223 Lakeside Ave., just over the Henrico County line.

“We wanted to bring something different and fresh to the Lakeside,” Cabaniss said. “I love the neighborhood and we think this is going to be a good fit.”

Work is already underway to gut the 3,000-square-foot former events venue and office space, which Cabaniss and Chaney hope to open by January 2020. They’re leasing the building from Mechanicsville-based Sporich Properties LLC.

Demolition work is underway on Revel in Lakeside. (Photos by J. Elias O’Neal)

Nathan Hughes, Veronica Wiles and Robert Hensley of Richmond-based Sperity Real Estate Ventures represented Revel in its lease.

Richmond-based William Voorhees Designs is the architect designing Revel.

Cabaniss said Revel — born out of a recent trip to New Orleans – will be a European-inspired concept with a twist of the Deep South.

“Usually when you go on these kinds of trips, you bring back inspiration for recipes,” Cabaniss said. “But this time it was for the concept.”

Cabaniss said patrons will enter Revel by first passing through its small marketplace, where the restaurant plans to offer a variety of breads, charcuterie and spreads that will be made in-house. The market also will sell bottles of wine that can be consumed at the restaurant or at home.

“The market is going to be an important part of this concept,” Cabaniss said. “Not only will people be able to purchase our housemade breads, such as baguettes and croissants, at Revel, they can also eat them with the meals they purchase … That goes for the wine as well.”

Revel will have a full bar, with wines, beers and cocktails. There also will be a stage for live music.

Affordable entrees

The menu will offer a variety of pasta and sandwich entrees, including a French Cuban, which Cabaniss said will be their take on a traditional Cuban sandwich on two slices of baguette bread.

She said Revel’s entrees would not exceed $20.

“We think that is a good price point for what we’re going to offer,” Cabaniss said. “We’re looking for this to be a small-to-medium-plate restaurant that people can share.”

Revel will seat up to 60 patrons, Cabaniss said, with plans to convert the backyard space, which includes a fountain, into additional seating.

“What I really liked about the building was the fountain,” Cabaniss said.

Cabaniss said they are working with Richmond-based Bow Tide Farms to plant gardens along the entryway of the facility, where their harvests will be used in seasonal dishes prepared at Revel.

Revel will join several food establishments opening in the Henrico neighborhood.

With the 16-year anniversary of Julep’s approaching, Cabaniss said she’s looking forward to launching her first Henrico venture in Lakeside.

“It’s a great neighborhood where you’re seeing a lot of activity,” Cabaniss said. “I’m just excited to be a part of it.”

Revel joins a new lineup of food establishments opening in the nostalgic Henrico neighborhood.

Bright Spot Coffee, run by Outer Banks native Eli Thompson, is planning to open a cafe and roastery at 6114 Lakeside Ave., a few doors down from Final Gravity Brewing Co.

And Pulp Fiction RVA, a mobile operation that launched in 2018 serving smoothies, juices, salads and wraps, is preparing to open a cafe at 5411 Lakeside Ave.

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