(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
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
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.
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.
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.
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|
|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.|