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 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.
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.