J. Elias O'Neal

J. Elias O'Neal was a BizSense reporter from 2016 through early 2020. Please send current news tips on the real estate and restaurant beats to BizSense reporter Mike Platania at [email protected] or call 804-554-6872.

Grimaldi’s tests its appetite for Richmond


Eric Greenwald, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria president and chief operating officer, didn’t mince words when discussing the potential for additional growth across Richmond: he likes what he sees. “We feel Richmond is going to be a great market for us,” Greenwald said. “So far, things have been going very well with our new location, and we anticipate… Read more »

WealthForge founder on his way out

A founder of a local company that as a startup raised millions in venture capital money in recent years is preparing to step down from the firm in the coming weeks. Fred Bryant, co-founder and president of Richmond-based WealthForge, confirmed Friday he will be vacating his seat as the company’s top leader. Ted Chandler, WealthForge’s… Read more »

Ethiopian eatery finds new home in Church Hill

Nile exterior

A former Carytown eatery is setting up new digs in Church Hill. Nile, an Ethiopian restaurant, plans to open in the coming days at its new 800-square-foot location at 306 N. 29th St. The restaurant formerly occupied 2907 W. Cary St. in Carytown before vacating the space at the end of 2015. Yoseph Teklemariam, an owner… Read more »

Covenant Woods floats $34M expansion

A sprawling retirement community in Mechanicsville is looking to grow once again – and it’s seeking more bond financing from Hanover County to do it. Covenant Woods, a nonprofit that operates a 319-unit facility on 86 acres at 7090 Covenant Woods Drive, is seeking up to $34 million in revenue bonds to fund another large-scale… Read more »

UPDATED: Mediterranean chain cooks up Richmond expansion plan

Midlothian Taziki

With a pair of new deals inked in the suburbs, a Mediterranean restaurant chain is eyeing a push to open more eateries across the region. Birmingham, Alabama-based Taziki’s Mediterranean Restaurants recently leased space in two shopping centers in western Chesterfield County to bring its local store count to three. Taziki’s signed a lease in late… Read more »

WPA rises on the Southside

Sweet treats and freshly baked breads from a popular Richmond bakery can now be purchased across the river. WPA Bakery, which operates a location in Church Hill, opened its newest location at 3414 Semmes Ave. on June 8, in the Woodland Heights and Forest Hill area of the Southside. A solo venture of pastry chef… Read more »

New take on Carytown eatery coasting into Short Pump

A West Cary Street restaurant is planning a new branch in the thick of the westward expansion of Short Pump. Richmond Restaurant Group’s East Coast Provisions has signed on for a new restaurant in the suburbs with a similar moniker – West Coast Provisions, company officials announced late Wednesday. West Coast Provisions will rise in… Read more »

New owners take helm of Scott’s Addition eatery

A duo of former Tobacco Company bartenders are now owners of a Scott’s Addition restaurant. Amy Quidley and Charlie Hughes purchased Moore Street Café at 2904 Moore St. on May 24 for an undisclosed amount. The café has served as a mainstay in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood for decades. Its space has housed a restaurant… Read more »