The owner of a Richmond barbecue restaurant is seeking a new location elsewhere in the region after shutting down his Jackson Ward eatery.
Stump’s Pig & Pint ended a nearly year-long stint at 119 E. Leigh St. in early August.
Owner Jimmy Stump said the closure was prompted partly by customers being turned off by the fallout in the neighborhood from protests this spring and summer, many of which took place nearby. Stump said he also had a rent dispute with the restaurant’s landlord.
Stump said he liked the location, but the protests, in his mind, had dealt a blow to the ongoing revitalization of downtown. Some storefronts in the neighborhood remain boarded up after earlier protests led to property damage in the neighborhood.
“All that work just went down the toilet,” he said.
Stump didn’t comment further on his rent dispute with the landlord, Manchester-based Full Occupancy LLC. Requests for comment to the company weren’t answered.
Stump and his wife, Terry, started the business in its former Jackson Ward digs in August 2019. Before Stump’s, the 3,400-square-foot space was home to Jackson’s Beer Garden and Smokehouse.
Now without a restaurant space, Stump has focused on the food trailer side of his business while he seeks a new location outside city limits.
Stump’s recently moved into a kitchen space at 11609 Old Washington Highway in Glen Allen. The kitchen exists primarily to support the food trailer, though at some point Stump wants to offer takeout and delivery through third-parties like UberEats from that location.
Stump’s trailer has made appearances at local events and also sets up outside businesses like Reid Super Save Market in Buckingham County, Goochland Pharmacy in Goochland County and its Glen Allen kitchen space. He hopes the trailer will sow the seeds for a larger customer base once he settles on a restaurant location.
“It’s a great way to get our name out there,” he said.
Stump is shopping around for a location for the future restaurant, weighing Ashland and Goochland but open to other locations. He said he wants a smaller space than he had in the city.
The city launched a relief fund for businesses affected by vandalism that occurred during the protests, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.