Breakfast chain Rise eyes expansion with new location in Carytown

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Breakfast chain Rise is planning to open at Carytown Exchange in the fall, which would give the company its second location in the Richmond region. (Photo courtesy Alex Caterson/Rise)

A chain of biscuit-focused breakfast restaurants is on the rise locally with plans for a new spot in Carytown.

Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken aims to open at the Carytown Exchange development in the fall.

The restaurant, which emphasizes fried chicken and biscuits as well as coffee and donuts, has leased an 1,800-square-foot space on the shopping center’s Cary Street side. Its suite is between the Torchy’s Tacos and the AT&T store.

It will be franchisee David Dowdy’s second Rise location in the Richmond region, following the one he opened in 2017 at 11561 W. Broad St. in Short Pump. Dowdy, a Farmville native, is based in Raleigh and also operates a Rise there.

The Carytown restaurant, which will serve both breakfast and lunch, will have limited indoor and outdoor seating. It is expected to have five to 10 employees.

Rise claimed one of the few remaining storefronts at Carytown Exchange, a relatively new center that was built on the site of the former Richmond Shopping Center by Florida-based developer Regency Centers.

Dowdy said a combination of Carytown’s central location in the region between two colleges as well as the dedicated parking afforded by Carytown Exchange’s parking deck, motivated his interest in bringing the concept to the city.

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David Dowdy

“You look at UR down one way and VCU at the other and its proximity to downtown Richmond draws the crowds,” Dowdy said.

Dowdy said a key feature of the Rise concept is technology such as on-site kiosks for customers to input their orders and mobile-app ordering. Rise locations have food lockers intended to keep food warm until customers pick up their orders.

Dowdy said the cost to build out and equip the Carytown location was still being determined.

Bethesda-based GTM Architects is handling the design of the restaurant. Dowdy said he’s in talks with an unnamed general contractor for the project.

Other recent arrivals at Carytown Exchange include Schwarzschild Jewelers, which relocated to the center from down the street. Tenants in the Publix-anchored development also include Nothing Bundt Cakes and women’s clothing store Monkee’s, among others.

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Breakfast restaurant chain Rise is planning to open in the storefront next to Torchy’s Tacos in Carytown Exchange. (Jack Jacobs photo)

Dowdy and business partners Matt Hurley and Nash Osborn, both of Farmville, have the rights to Rise’s territory for the entire state of Virginia. Dowdy co-franchises the Short Pump location with Hurley and Osborn, but is the sole franchisee of the upcoming Carytown location.

Dowdy said the group’s plan is to open up to 25 locations in Virginia, and the search is on for other franchisees to help the brand grow across the Old Dominion. Dowdy said Rise also has an interest in further expanding its Richmond-area presence amid growth and development underway in the region.

“There are cranes and dirt moving left and right, and that means there will be more opportunities to come,” he said.

Rise was founded in 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. The company has more than 20 stores in multiple states. The Short Pump outpost is currently the only one in Virginia.

Franchisees need a $1 million net worth and $500,000 in available liquid capital. Start-up costs are between $415,100 and $763,600, and the franchise fee is $35,000, per the company’s website.

rise chicken biscuit 1 scaled

Breakfast chain Rise is planning to open at Carytown Exchange in the fall, which would give the company its second location in the Richmond region. (Photo courtesy Alex Caterson/Rise)

A chain of biscuit-focused breakfast restaurants is on the rise locally with plans for a new spot in Carytown.

Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken aims to open at the Carytown Exchange development in the fall.

The restaurant, which emphasizes fried chicken and biscuits as well as coffee and donuts, has leased an 1,800-square-foot space on the shopping center’s Cary Street side. Its suite is between the Torchy’s Tacos and the AT&T store.

It will be franchisee David Dowdy’s second Rise location in the Richmond region, following the one he opened in 2017 at 11561 W. Broad St. in Short Pump. Dowdy, a Farmville native, is based in Raleigh and also operates a Rise there.

The Carytown restaurant, which will serve both breakfast and lunch, will have limited indoor and outdoor seating. It is expected to have five to 10 employees.

Rise claimed one of the few remaining storefronts at Carytown Exchange, a relatively new center that was built on the site of the former Richmond Shopping Center by Florida-based developer Regency Centers.

Dowdy said a combination of Carytown’s central location in the region between two colleges as well as the dedicated parking afforded by Carytown Exchange’s parking deck, motivated his interest in bringing the concept to the city.

david dowdy rise

David Dowdy

“You look at UR down one way and VCU at the other and its proximity to downtown Richmond draws the crowds,” Dowdy said.

Dowdy said a key feature of the Rise concept is technology such as on-site kiosks for customers to input their orders and mobile-app ordering. Rise locations have food lockers intended to keep food warm until customers pick up their orders.

Dowdy said the cost to build out and equip the Carytown location was still being determined.

Bethesda-based GTM Architects is handling the design of the restaurant. Dowdy said he’s in talks with an unnamed general contractor for the project.

Other recent arrivals at Carytown Exchange include Schwarzschild Jewelers, which relocated to the center from down the street. Tenants in the Publix-anchored development also include Nothing Bundt Cakes and women’s clothing store Monkee’s, among others.

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Breakfast restaurant chain Rise is planning to open in the storefront next to Torchy’s Tacos in Carytown Exchange. (Jack Jacobs photo)

Dowdy and business partners Matt Hurley and Nash Osborn, both of Farmville, have the rights to Rise’s territory for the entire state of Virginia. Dowdy co-franchises the Short Pump location with Hurley and Osborn, but is the sole franchisee of the upcoming Carytown location.

Dowdy said the group’s plan is to open up to 25 locations in Virginia, and the search is on for other franchisees to help the brand grow across the Old Dominion. Dowdy said Rise also has an interest in further expanding its Richmond-area presence amid growth and development underway in the region.

“There are cranes and dirt moving left and right, and that means there will be more opportunities to come,” he said.

Rise was founded in 2012 in Durham, North Carolina. The company has more than 20 stores in multiple states. The Short Pump outpost is currently the only one in Virginia.

Franchisees need a $1 million net worth and $500,000 in available liquid capital. Start-up costs are between $415,100 and $763,600, and the franchise fee is $35,000, per the company’s website.

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Allison Farmer
Allison Farmer
1 month ago

This business will be very successful. Most of the restaurants in the Carytown area are all about dinner and/or alcohol. There’s only a handful, like Early Bird Biscuit and Love Shack, that specialize in breakfast.

Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo
1 month ago
Reply to  Allison Farmer

New York Deli and Galaxy Diner do breakfast every day also

Boz Boschen
Boz Boschen
1 month ago
Reply to  Frank Rizzo

Not to mention Baker’s Crust across the street and Starbucks as well.

Brett Hunnicutt
Brett Hunnicutt
1 month ago
Reply to  Allison Farmer

Don’t forget Sugar & Twine and Minglewood bakeries, both excellent!

Boz Boschen
Boz Boschen
1 month ago

My family went to the Raleigh location last fall when in town for a weekend. It was great! A clean spot and fresh food with good coffee. I noticed they had an interesting “locker” wall for take-out order pickup. They seemed to be doing a decent amount of that business as well as dine-in. I’m not sure how conducive this location will be to delivery drivers but if there’s a way to grab a spot and dash in for the order I think they’ll do quite well. I’d recommend they partner with Quickness RVA for delivery by bike too, which… Read more »

Steve Cook
Steve Cook
1 month ago

I love their biscuits. The kiosk not so much. I kind of enjoy talking with humans. But I may be a little outdated. I have rabbit ears on my computer.