Coffee shop brewing in former Museum District dry cleaners building

PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans plans to open a cafe at 3401 Patterson Ave. in the Museum District. (Jack Jacobs photo)

A national coffee shop chain has picked a former dry cleaners building for its first outpost in the Richmond region.

A special-use permit that would pave the way for a PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans at 3401 Patterson Ave. is slated to be considered by the Richmond Planning Commission at its meeting today.

The property features a roughly 1,000-square-foot building at the corner of Patterson and Roseneath Road, near Albert Hill Middle School in the Museum District.

The cafe would aim to open in the second quarter of 2022, should its special-use permit request get approved, a company spokesman said in an email Friday.

A patio space would take the place of the property’s parking lot, according to plans filed with the city.

The site plan for the proposed PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans. (Courtesy City of Richmond)

The proposed cafe would be the first PJ’s in the Richmond area and in Virginia. PJ’s has more than 130 locations currently in operation or in development in 18 states, the spokesman said.

In addition to coffee beverages, PJ’s serves teas and pastries as well as breakfast and lunch sandwiches. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in Mandeville, Louisiana, outside New Orleans.

The Planning Commission will weigh whether to pass along a recommendation of approval to the City Council, which will render a final verdict on the proposal at a future meeting.

PJ’s would join other Museum District coffee shops Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co. at 3121 W. Broad St. and Black Hand Coffee Co. at 3101 Patterson Ave.

In other local coffee happenings, Starbucks opened its takeout-only concept at 1115 W. Main St. in the Fan last month. It’s also brewing a new location at the former BB&T branch at the River Road Shopping Center.

PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans plans to open a cafe at 3401 Patterson Ave. in the Museum District. (Jack Jacobs photo)

A national coffee shop chain has picked a former dry cleaners building for its first outpost in the Richmond region.

A special-use permit that would pave the way for a PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans at 3401 Patterson Ave. is slated to be considered by the Richmond Planning Commission at its meeting today.

The property features a roughly 1,000-square-foot building at the corner of Patterson and Roseneath Road, near Albert Hill Middle School in the Museum District.

The cafe would aim to open in the second quarter of 2022, should its special-use permit request get approved, a company spokesman said in an email Friday.

A patio space would take the place of the property’s parking lot, according to plans filed with the city.

The site plan for the proposed PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans. (Courtesy City of Richmond)

The proposed cafe would be the first PJ’s in the Richmond area and in Virginia. PJ’s has more than 130 locations currently in operation or in development in 18 states, the spokesman said.

In addition to coffee beverages, PJ’s serves teas and pastries as well as breakfast and lunch sandwiches. The company was founded in 1978 and is based in Mandeville, Louisiana, outside New Orleans.

The Planning Commission will weigh whether to pass along a recommendation of approval to the City Council, which will render a final verdict on the proposal at a future meeting.

PJ’s would join other Museum District coffee shops Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co. at 3121 W. Broad St. and Black Hand Coffee Co. at 3101 Patterson Ave.

In other local coffee happenings, Starbucks opened its takeout-only concept at 1115 W. Main St. in the Fan last month. It’s also brewing a new location at the former BB&T branch at the River Road Shopping Center.

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Ed Christina
Ed Christina
8 months ago

Will this place be a drive thru?

Michael Dodson
Michael Dodson
8 months ago

A gated fence around the entire patio space. Tell me with these 5 fence gates have push button for ADA accessibility.

Marvin Crouch
Marvin Crouch
8 months ago
Reply to  Michael Dodson

Who cares

Ed Christina
Ed Christina
8 months ago
Reply to  Marvin Crouch

Don’t you have some orphans to kick or some thing?

Matt Faris
Matt Faris
8 months ago
Reply to  Michael Dodson

I’d guess they’ll be open during business hours and closed/locked when the business is closed.

Boz Boschen
Boz Boschen
8 months ago

We’re so excited to see new ownership in this building and a new option for the neighborhood. I think it’s a great use of the location.

charles Frankenhoff
charles Frankenhoff
8 months ago

great idea, great location