A restaurant group from D.C. is bringing a food hall to Scott’s Addition, with a local brewery in tow as its anchor tenant.
The Veil Brewing Co. is preparing to move its taproom to The Belleville, a planned 25,000-square-foot food hall at 1509 Belleville St., according to a Thursday announcement.
Leading the development are Washington, D.C.-based Neighborhood Restaurant Group, local developers Charles Bice and Birck Turnbull, and The Veil.
NRG operates 18 restaurants throughout Northern Virginia, Maryland and D.C., where it is working on another food hall in Capitol Hill. The Scott’s Addition food hall, dubbed The Belleville, would be the first in the Richmond region.
Food halls are akin to the food courts seen in malls, where a variety of restaurants and vendors are under one roof with their own counters.
The Veil will continue to house most of its production at its current taproom at 1301 Roseneath Road, about two blocks away. The Veil bought the Roseneath building from Bice and Turnbull after the duo developed it for them in 2015. Online city property records do not specify a sale price.
The Belleville will have space for 18 other vendors, two of which will be NRG-operated bars serving wine and cocktails. The space also will feature a rooftop bar.
NRG partner Greg Engert said they’re in talks with some vendors to join the space but did not share specifics. Many of The Belleville’s vendors “will be coming from Richmond and the surrounding region and some will come from further upfield,” Engert said.
The project will occupy about an acre on two plots of land in Scott’s Addition owned by Belleville Market LLC, an entity tied to Bice, Turnbull, The Veil and NRG.
Bice, who’s also developing another Veil-anchored project along Forest Hill Avenue, said the one-story Belleville Street building is going to be renovated using historic tax credits. A neighboring building at 3414 W. Leigh St., on the second plot of land, will be razed to make way for a surface parking lot.
Bice and Turnbull’s High Summit Holdings LLC bought the Belleville Street property for $550,000 in 2012 and the Leigh St. property for $310,000 in 2013. Both properties were transferred to Belleville Market LLC last month, per city property records.
The group declined to disclose a development cost for The Belleville. Bice said they’re preparing to submit plans to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and hope to break ground soon. They’re aiming to open The Belleville sometime in 2020.
The Veil also holds an ABC license for 1200 Westover Hills Blvd., the site previously eyed by the now-defunct Richmond Food Co-op. The Veil has not announced its plans for the site. Co-owners Dave Michelow and Matt Tarpey would not comment for this story.
This isn’t the first time a food hall has been floated for Scott’s Addition.
Earlier this year, a mystery out-of-town buyer had put 2904 W. Clay St. under contract with plans for a food hall, but that deal fell through. Capital Square 1031 has since bought the land and is planning a five-story, 60-unit apartment building.