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.
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.