A burger pop-up created by the former owners of a Bon Air butchery appears to be slithering into Church Hill.
All signs point to Cobra Burger — a nearly 4-year-old pop-up concept that’s currently based out of food incubator Hatch Kitchen in Southside — taking over Dutch & Co.’s former home in Church Hill at 400 N. 27th St.
Dutch & Co., which closed late last year after eight years in business, helped put Richmond on the national map as a dining destination.
A flag donning Cobra Burger’s logo hangs in the building’s windows, and a certificate of occupancy for the space tied to Cobra Burger co-owner Joshua Franklin was filed with the city last week.
Reached by phone last week, Adam Musselman, who co-owns Cobra Burger with Franklin and Melville Johnson IV, said, “We’re not saying anything about anything yet.”
Michelle Shriver, who co-owned Dutch & Co. with her husband Caleb and purchased the building for $525,000 in 2018, confirmed that they’ve leased the space but said it’s not her place to say to whom.
Musselman, Franklin and Johnson aren’t strangers to the Richmond food scene. In 2018 they purchased Bon Air Provisions before renovating and rebranding it as Cardinal State Butchers. The shop closed last August.
Cobra Burger wouldn’t be the only new eatery en route to the eastern side of the city. Pizza Bones RVA is preparing to open at 2314 Jefferson Ave. in Union Hill. Church Hill recently got a new bakery as well in JJ’s Makery at 2707 E. Marshall St.