Veil lifted on planned Scott’s Addition food hall

A rendering of the planned food hall. (Courtesy Fultz & Singh Architects)

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.

An old candy factory will be renovated using historic tax credits to be a food hall.

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.

A neighboring building at the corner of West Leigh and Belleville will be razed to make way for a surface parking lot.

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 will retain its 1301 Roseneath Road to be used for production.

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.

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Graham White
Graham White
1 year ago

Food for thought: There’s an opportunity here for The Belleville to create a larger economic impact than a simple food hall. I suggest that they provide a rotating vendor space in the food hall for budding restaurateurs to test out their concepts before going down the full financial commitment route of a brick-and-mortar or food truck. The space acts as small business training wheels- providing budding restaurateurs some boots-on-the-ground experience and direct community feedback to their concepts/service plans. The Pizitz Food Hall in Birmingham, AL is a similar concept to The Belleville (cocktail bar instead of brewery, but still-). They… Read more »

Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson
1 year ago

All this development in Scott’s Addition, and this is one of the very few who mention a parking solution. Attracting people to an emerging social hub is great… until potential patrons encounter the nightmare of roaming block after block searching for street parking that may or may not exist. Good to see this group has considered the issue, unlike most others.

Ed Christina
Ed Christina
1 year ago
Reply to  Alan Wilson

Scott’s has to be the most ubered destination in the Richmond area, and parking is only half the reason

Brad Turner
Brad Turner
1 year ago

Transferred to an entity last month? Would be interested in whether or not they are using historic tax credits or opportunity zone tax credits – or both

Matt Faris
Matt Faris
1 year ago
Reply to  Brad Turner

From the article: “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. “