New restaurant signals next phase for former downtown Bistro 27 space

Phase 27 owner Raysean Edwards plans to open at 27 W. Broad St. in December.

The former home of a long-running downtown Richmond restaurant is now in the hands of a new operator with a new concept.

Phase 27, a small-plates restaurant, is planning a late December opening at 27 W. Broad St., the space formerly home to Bistro 27.

Phase 27 owner Raysean Edwards hopes to capture the business of travelers at nearby hotels as well as local residents and professionals in search of a place to relax downtown.

“We’re doing a nice sit-down, more of a mingling concept where you can network and meet new people,” Edwards said. “The Richmond area is picking up a whole lot and that area has a lot of foot traffic.”

The restaurant plans to have a varied menu of appetizers and small entrees paired with wines and liquor. It will offer valet service.

Phase 27 will take over the former Bistro 27 space in downtown Richmond. (Jack Jacobs photo)

While the menu and price points are still being worked out, Edwards said the plan is to include American, Italian and Mexican dishes on the menu.

“We’re not going to get too deep in the menu. It’s more the comfort of the space,” he said.

Phase 27 will seat around 80 people at a time in its 3,600-square-foot space. Edwards said he plans to spend $150,000 to $250,000 on renovations.

Edwards said he previously owned restaurant Upscale Home Cooked Food in Chesterfield, as well as a restaurant in Georgia. He also previously owned local women’s clothing store Vivid and shoe retailer Wavy Kickz.

Phase’s West Broad Street spot was left vacant last year when Bistro 27 closed after 15 years.

William Wright, who owned Bistro 27, is opening a wine bar on Grace Street next month.

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Brendan T. Westfall
Brendan T. Westfall
1 month ago

Can’t wait to check it out! It’s good to see that beautiful corner space come back to life.

Jim Jones
Jim Jones
1 month ago

A picture of some of the planned food would have better than a “look at me” in my pretty car.

Dr. Abe C. Gomez
Dr. Abe C. Gomez
1 month ago

The picture of him with one of his “rent-a-cars” is a weird flex

Dr. Jason G. Carter
Dr. Jason G. Carter
1 month ago

The picture just shows his great Accomplishments never should you judge a person for his or her rewards from hard work.

Last edited 1 month ago by Dr. Jason G. Carter
Dr. Abe C. Gomez
Dr. Abe C. Gomez
29 days ago

The picture has “IRS please come and investigate me” written all over it.

Will Pettigrew
Will Pettigrew
29 days ago

This picture doesn’t show any accomplishments. It shows a person that wants others to see that he has money- whether that car is owned or rented is not the point. Someone who is opening any business would be foolish to show themselves in front of a Ferrari, no matter how much money they may or may not have.

Matt Merica
Matt Merica
1 month ago

The tinder picture is a nice touch.

Mary Tyler
Mary Tyler
1 month ago

Love it can’t wait to this open

Ashley Smith
Ashley Smith
28 days ago

I don’t know the dude, the picture is odd, but the amount of hate is astounding. Thanks for showing us who composes the readership of RichmondBizeSense.