The longtime barbecue joint isn’t a casualty of the pandemic, but rather its owners are ready to retire.
A Fan-area takeout spot’s seven-year run has come to an end.
There’s a new head under the umbrella of the popular West End market.
Not one to whine when things get tough, the owner of the French restaurant is trying something new to squeeze out some extra revenue.
“I start each week, and if there’s money in the bank and there’s some reservations on the books, we move forward,” said owner Patrick Phelan.
A new food touring company hopes to give local barbecue its due – and it has thought up a way to work social distancing into the mix.
“There is no going back to before,” said Kevin Liu. “The idea that we can just weather the storm until it passes and everything will be fine … That’s just not going to happen.”
The fast-casual chain has 20 locations nationally. The Arts District space will be its first in Richmond.
While regional chain Roots Natural Kitchen is in expansion mode, Florida-based Metro Diner now has closed both its local locations for good.
The son of the longtime owner of Tony’s Barbecue is making his own leap into the restaurant business, taking over the spot left vacant last year by Cha Cha’s.