Order up: Richmond restaurant recap for 2022

Niki Loupassi at the Robin Inn, where she’s worked since 1976. (Jack Jacobs photos)

(Scroll to the bottom for a full list of restaurants on the move in 2022)

So long, farewell

In 2022, Richmond bid adieu to some long-running restaurants, including The Robin Inn, which closed over the summer after nearly 60 years in the Fan. Others to shutter included Buffalo Wild Wings in Shockoe Bottom after 19 years and Saison and Saison Market after 10 years in Jackson Ward.

Popular Italian restaurant Mamma Zu had been closed since the pandemic’s arrival in 2020, but it was unclear whether it would ever reopen. Its permanent closure became official when the restaurant’s Oregon Hill home sold in June to a mystery buyer.

Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue shuttered its Arthur Ashe Boulevard location in early 2022, capping off a nearly 30-year run in what was its first permanent location. Buz and Ned’s continues to operate its West Broad Street restaurant in Henrico.

New concepts from familiar faces

Drew Schlegel and Randy O’Dell opened Get Tight Lounge in the former Roxy Cafe space in the Fan. (Mike Platania photo)

The Fan saw at least five local operators roll out new concepts this year.

Randy O’Dell of En Su Boca and former Fuzzy Cactus co-owner Drew Schlegel opened Get Tight Lounge in the former Roxy Cafe space, serving Baltimore-style barbecue, draught negronis and more.

Mario Alvanes opened The Nest, a classic American brunch spot, just a block down from his Salvadoran spot El Pope. The owners of Gersi swooped in to take over Secco Wine Bar’s space, where they recently opened another Italian restaurant, Uliveto. Sarabeth Hagen, the S.B. of SB’s Lakeside Love Shack, took over the old Starlite and Brunch space along Main Street for a Fan version of her B-52’s-inspired restaurant.

The crew at New York Deli also stayed busy. A pair of employees from the restaurant are taking over Lady N’awlins’ old space on Main Street, while Deli owners Demetrios Tsiptsis, Rodion Tsiptsis and David Zemlan are working on a cafe in Byrd Park.

Over on the other side of town, Adrienne and Carlos Londoño, the couple behind La Bodega, Casa Fiesta and more, opened both the Miami-inspired Papi’s in Shockoe Slip and Besos Mexican Kitchen & Cantina in Rocketts Landing.

The food hall cometh

The Hatch Local food hall was announced in fall 2020 and is the first such concept to open in Richmond. (Mike Platania photos)

After some fits and starts, the food hall trend formally touched down in Richmond in the spring when Hatch Local opened in Manchester with a lineup of vendors from local restaurateurs including Lindsey Food Group and Lee Gregory of Alewife. Gregory’s food hall concept, Odyssey Fish, is also getting its own space in the West End.

A food hall is also one of the many offerings at The Park at RVA, a self-proclaimed “indoor wonderland” that recently opened near The Diamond.

More food halls are on the way, as the team behind Regency’s redevelopment is working to modernize the old mall’s food court into a food hall with an outdoor plaza and new tenants. In Scott’s Addition, EAT Restaurant Partners, one of the area’s largest restaurant groups, spent $3 million on a warehouse that it’s converting into a 17,000-square-foot food hall.

Chains

Shake Shack is known for its burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries and shakes. (Courtesy of Shake Shack)

The biggest news out of the chain restaurant world during 2022 was that Shake Shack is coming to the Richmond market with a location on West Broad Street near Libbie Avenue. Work on the burger chain’s new building began in the spring and Shake Shack has said it aims to open sometime in 2023.

After signing on in Carytown last year, Austin, Texas-based Torchy’s Tacos also showed its interest in the Richmond suburbs as it leased locations in Short Pump and Chesterfield.

Fried chicken slingers Popeyes, Raising Cane’s and Chick-fil-A all signed on for new locations in the region.

A decades-old Hardee’s in the city served its last biscuit, while a relatively small chain in Cabo Fish Taco opened in The Summit along Broad Street.

Indian restaurant chain Eggmania opened at 2610 Tuckernuck Drive in Henrico County in January 2022, entering the local market for the first time. Teriyaki Madness, another newcomer to the area, opened in December at 14273 Winterview Parkway in Chesterfield County.

Maple Street Biscuit Co. made its local debut in 2022 as well, and opened locations in Midlothian and in Short Pump.

Maple Street Biscuit Co. planning another location in Richmond area

Maple Street Biscuit Co. is a breakfast chain that will expand into Virginia this year with two Richmond area locations. (Courtesy of Maple Street Biscuit Co.)

In with the new

Here’s a list of who’s hopping in where.

New restaurant Former tenant Location
Kismet Modern Indian Perch 2918 W. Broad St., Scott’s Addition
Echelon Wine Bar Bistro Bobette 1209 E. Cary St., Shockoe Slip
Mama J’s Salt & Forge 312 N. Second St., Jackson Ward
Brick House Diner Kitchen 64 3336 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Rosedale
Dumpling & Noodle Cart The Pit and The Peel 3321 W. Cary St., Carytown
Sprezza Morton’s The Steakhouse 111 Virginia St., Shockoe Slip
Biscuits & Gravy The Dairy Bar 1602 Roseneath Road., Scott’s Addition
ML Steak Modern Chophouse Fatty Smokes 326 E. Broad St., Downtown
MPM Tiki Bar Carolina Ale House 11275 W. Broad St., Short Pump
Oceano Crab Louie’s 1352 Sycamore Square, Midlothian
BB.Q Chicken Zzamm 3300 W. Cary St., Carytown
Cafe Beignet RVA Carmela’s 3 N. 17th St., Shockoe Bottom
Cure

 

F.W. Sullivan’s 2401 W. Main St., The Fan
SB’s Main Street Love Shack Brunch 2600 W. Main St., The Fan
Besos Mexican Kitchen & Cantina The Bombay Co. 4821 Old Main St., Rocketts Landing
Lucky Whale Subconscious Cafe 2028 W. Cary St., The Fan
Blue Habanero Street Tacos & Tequila Scuffletown Garden 421 Strawberry St., The Fan
Odyssey Fish Billy Pie 6919 Patterson Ave., West End
Juan’s Rooftop & Cantina Sonora Rooftop & Sports Bar 11 W. Broad St., Monroe Ward
Hibachi House Malabar 3456 Lauderdale Dr., Short Pump
Papi’s Billy Jack’s Shack 1407 E. Cary St., Shockoe Slip
Crazy Greek Tap900 13249 Rittenhouse Dr., Midlothian
Buna Kurs Saadia’s Juice Box 402 1/2 N. Second St., Jackson Ward
Island Shrimp Co. Conch Republic 11 Orleans St., Rocketts Landing
Mike’s Jazz Cafe Spoonbread Bistro 2526 Floyd Ave., The Fan
Brun Poor Boys of RVA 203 N. Lombardy St., The Fan
Bell Greek Moe’s Southwest Grill 7011 Three Chopt Road, West End
Nami 3rd Street Diner 218 E. Main St.

 

Niki Loupassi at the Robin Inn, where she’s worked since 1976. (Jack Jacobs photos)

(Scroll to the bottom for a full list of restaurants on the move in 2022)

So long, farewell

In 2022, Richmond bid adieu to some long-running restaurants, including The Robin Inn, which closed over the summer after nearly 60 years in the Fan. Others to shutter included Buffalo Wild Wings in Shockoe Bottom after 19 years and Saison and Saison Market after 10 years in Jackson Ward.

Popular Italian restaurant Mamma Zu had been closed since the pandemic’s arrival in 2020, but it was unclear whether it would ever reopen. Its permanent closure became official when the restaurant’s Oregon Hill home sold in June to a mystery buyer.

Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue shuttered its Arthur Ashe Boulevard location in early 2022, capping off a nearly 30-year run in what was its first permanent location. Buz and Ned’s continues to operate its West Broad Street restaurant in Henrico.

New concepts from familiar faces

Drew Schlegel and Randy O’Dell opened Get Tight Lounge in the former Roxy Cafe space in the Fan. (Mike Platania photo)

The Fan saw at least five local operators roll out new concepts this year.

Randy O’Dell of En Su Boca and former Fuzzy Cactus co-owner Drew Schlegel opened Get Tight Lounge in the former Roxy Cafe space, serving Baltimore-style barbecue, draught negronis and more.

Mario Alvanes opened The Nest, a classic American brunch spot, just a block down from his Salvadoran spot El Pope. The owners of Gersi swooped in to take over Secco Wine Bar’s space, where they recently opened another Italian restaurant, Uliveto. Sarabeth Hagen, the S.B. of SB’s Lakeside Love Shack, took over the old Starlite and Brunch space along Main Street for a Fan version of her B-52’s-inspired restaurant.

The crew at New York Deli also stayed busy. A pair of employees from the restaurant are taking over Lady N’awlins’ old space on Main Street, while Deli owners Demetrios Tsiptsis, Rodion Tsiptsis and David Zemlan are working on a cafe in Byrd Park.

Over on the other side of town, Adrienne and Carlos Londoño, the couple behind La Bodega, Casa Fiesta and more, opened both the Miami-inspired Papi’s in Shockoe Slip and Besos Mexican Kitchen & Cantina in Rocketts Landing.

The food hall cometh

The Hatch Local food hall was announced in fall 2020 and is the first such concept to open in Richmond. (Mike Platania photos)

After some fits and starts, the food hall trend formally touched down in Richmond in the spring when Hatch Local opened in Manchester with a lineup of vendors from local restaurateurs including Lindsey Food Group and Lee Gregory of Alewife. Gregory’s food hall concept, Odyssey Fish, is also getting its own space in the West End.

A food hall is also one of the many offerings at The Park at RVA, a self-proclaimed “indoor wonderland” that recently opened near The Diamond.

More food halls are on the way, as the team behind Regency’s redevelopment is working to modernize the old mall’s food court into a food hall with an outdoor plaza and new tenants. In Scott’s Addition, EAT Restaurant Partners, one of the area’s largest restaurant groups, spent $3 million on a warehouse that it’s converting into a 17,000-square-foot food hall.

Chains

Shake Shack is known for its burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries and shakes. (Courtesy of Shake Shack)

The biggest news out of the chain restaurant world during 2022 was that Shake Shack is coming to the Richmond market with a location on West Broad Street near Libbie Avenue. Work on the burger chain’s new building began in the spring and Shake Shack has said it aims to open sometime in 2023.

After signing on in Carytown last year, Austin, Texas-based Torchy’s Tacos also showed its interest in the Richmond suburbs as it leased locations in Short Pump and Chesterfield.

Fried chicken slingers Popeyes, Raising Cane’s and Chick-fil-A all signed on for new locations in the region.

A decades-old Hardee’s in the city served its last biscuit, while a relatively small chain in Cabo Fish Taco opened in The Summit along Broad Street.

Indian restaurant chain Eggmania opened at 2610 Tuckernuck Drive in Henrico County in January 2022, entering the local market for the first time. Teriyaki Madness, another newcomer to the area, opened in December at 14273 Winterview Parkway in Chesterfield County.

Maple Street Biscuit Co. made its local debut in 2022 as well, and opened locations in Midlothian and in Short Pump.

Maple Street Biscuit Co. planning another location in Richmond area

Maple Street Biscuit Co. is a breakfast chain that will expand into Virginia this year with two Richmond area locations. (Courtesy of Maple Street Biscuit Co.)

In with the new

Here’s a list of who’s hopping in where.

New restaurant Former tenant Location
Kismet Modern Indian Perch 2918 W. Broad St., Scott’s Addition
Echelon Wine Bar Bistro Bobette 1209 E. Cary St., Shockoe Slip
Mama J’s Salt & Forge 312 N. Second St., Jackson Ward
Brick House Diner Kitchen 64 3336 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Rosedale
Dumpling & Noodle Cart The Pit and The Peel 3321 W. Cary St., Carytown
Sprezza Morton’s The Steakhouse 111 Virginia St., Shockoe Slip
Biscuits & Gravy The Dairy Bar 1602 Roseneath Road., Scott’s Addition
ML Steak Modern Chophouse Fatty Smokes 326 E. Broad St., Downtown
MPM Tiki Bar Carolina Ale House 11275 W. Broad St., Short Pump
Oceano Crab Louie’s 1352 Sycamore Square, Midlothian
BB.Q Chicken Zzamm 3300 W. Cary St., Carytown
Cafe Beignet RVA Carmela’s 3 N. 17th St., Shockoe Bottom
Cure

 

F.W. Sullivan’s 2401 W. Main St., The Fan
SB’s Main Street Love Shack Brunch 2600 W. Main St., The Fan
Besos Mexican Kitchen & Cantina The Bombay Co. 4821 Old Main St., Rocketts Landing
Lucky Whale Subconscious Cafe 2028 W. Cary St., The Fan
Blue Habanero Street Tacos & Tequila Scuffletown Garden 421 Strawberry St., The Fan
Odyssey Fish Billy Pie 6919 Patterson Ave., West End
Juan’s Rooftop & Cantina Sonora Rooftop & Sports Bar 11 W. Broad St., Monroe Ward
Hibachi House Malabar 3456 Lauderdale Dr., Short Pump
Papi’s Billy Jack’s Shack 1407 E. Cary St., Shockoe Slip
Crazy Greek Tap900 13249 Rittenhouse Dr., Midlothian
Buna Kurs Saadia’s Juice Box 402 1/2 N. Second St., Jackson Ward
Island Shrimp Co. Conch Republic 11 Orleans St., Rocketts Landing
Mike’s Jazz Cafe Spoonbread Bistro 2526 Floyd Ave., The Fan
Brun Poor Boys of RVA 203 N. Lombardy St., The Fan
Bell Greek Moe’s Southwest Grill 7011 Three Chopt Road, West End
Nami 3rd Street Diner 218 E. Main St.

 

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