Matthew Johnson, who also worked for the Obama administration, and his real estate agent wife bought the commercial building to diversify their portfolio.
Philly Vegan relocated from a smaller space in Bon Air. For carnivores, Str8 Out of Philly has opened a cheesesteak shop at 407 N. First St.
The city’s planning commission recommended allowing the two businesses to share the Jackson Ward storefront and split operating costs.
“I felt like the city’s missing that steakhouse feel,” said the owner, a first-time restaurateur and Richmond native with a background in commercial cleaning.
Leek & Thistle will offer fresh-made food, but there won’t be any hot meals served there. The owner said the menu will be “whatever’s going to taste good.”
The owner is a Gloucester native who spent the last 18 years in New York City before relocating to Richmond during the pandemic.
The company is exploring options for the 6 acres it owns at 2700 W. Leigh St. that would allow the Movieland At Boulevard Square to stay.
Battle Monument Group owners drove more than 6,000 miles around the Deep South checking out the properties.
A Richmond native is back after a decade doing residential development in California and he’s investing in his hometown.
Bojangles’ local franchise group, Tands Inc., filed plans for the Brook Road and Laburnum Avenue locations in 2016 and 2017, respectively, and purchased the sites a year later.