A handful of new wine bars are popping the corks – or will be soon.
Reynolds Development has filed a suit seeking more than $100,000 in back rent, other fees and expenses from Cornett Hospitality, according the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Employees of the Max & Erma’s restaurant at Reynolds Crossing arrived one morning to find a padlock on the door.
“We have a very busy branch on Glenside Drive; we are trying to serve members in that area by relieving that business there. We have looked for a location for a long time,” said Glenn Birch, a spokesman for the credit union.
Another local business is jumping on the reality TV bandwagon.
Despite the fact that Congress has raised the federal minimum wage for other workers several times in recent years, the base minimum wage for restaurant waitstaff (not including tips) has remained at $2.13 per hour since 1991. That makes it tough on local waitstaff, but it also presents a challenge for restaurant owners.
A veteran of the food service industry who has worked for national chains such as Starbucks and Panera has returned to Richmond to launch a new concept in Shockoe Slip.
A city sushi bar recently closed its doors. One block over a coffee shop also closed, but is reopening with new owners.
Several restaurants are popping up across Richmond, filling in vacant spaces and promising to add options downtown and in the Fan.
A local café chain is gearing up to open its newest location this fall. The coffee-house meets -wine-bar also is reported to now have some backing from the parent company of Outback Steakhouse.