After a short stint at Regency, a delivery-focused breakfast joint has reemerged in the city.
A.M. Kitchen Co. opened in late August inside the local outpost of ghost kitchen chain CloudKitchens at 2812 W. Broad St. on the southern tip of Scott’s Addition.
A.M. Kitchen Co. fashions itself a delivery-based food hall of sorts, with food from six in-house restaurant brands that include Da Best Damn Breakfast, The Flapjack Hut and Breakwich as well as a seventh, licensed brand MrBeast Burger.
Though mainly focused on delivery, A.M. Kitchen does offer takeout from Scott’s Addition through its own online ordering system.
Owner Curtiss Stancil said he is the first tenant to open at the CloudKitchens space. The ghost kitchen chain was created by Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick. An entity tied to its parent company bought the Broad Street property last year and renovated it.
CloudKitchens opens ghost kitchens and then rents them out to delivery- and takeout-only restaurants. Stancil said he leases about 500 square feet in the Scott’s Addition space. He said he invested about $35,000 to $40,000 to launch his outpost there and that the space came with some equipment already included.
The Scott’s Addition location is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
The spot is the second location for A.M Kitchen Co., adding to its original spot at 9545 Amberdale Drive, a space that also has a dining room.
The Scott’s Addition location is a replacement for A.M. Kitchen’s short-lived stay in the food court of Regency mall. Stancil was forced to relocate because the area was closed to make way for an upgrade as part of the mall’s transition into a mixed-use development.
“Because of them closing the food court, we were forced to find a new location and I wanted something central,” Stancil said of the relocation.
But Stancil isn’t done with Henrico County yet. He’s interested in a third location and is on the hunt near the mall, in Short Pump and around Richmond International Airport for another A.M. Kitchen outpost.
Stancil also intends to try a more traditional restaurant model with the upcoming Honeychild’s Juke Joint, which is expected to open in October and will operate as a limited-service eatery in the evenings at the Chesterfield A.M. Kitchen Co. space.
A.M. Kitchen launched in 2020 as a pandemic pivot after Stancil’s catering company Curtmont Catering saw its business take a nosedive. Now operating as part of A.M. Kitchen and focused on corporate clients, Stancil said Curtmont has bounced back and represents about a third of the company’s business.