Sidewalks and parking spots have become the new impromptu patios for local restaurants as they’ve begun to reopen to sit-down customers.
The long-vacant Lighthouse Diner building on Hull Street, which until recently had been owned by an entity tied to Michael Hild, is not long for this world.
As the pandemic’s impact on food and beverage businesses begins to be reflected in the city’s meals tax receipts, Richmond City Council is pushing for a new grant program to provide further financial assistance to restaurants specifically.
The new phase allows restaurants, gyms and some recreational and entertainment venues such as zoos and museums to reopen their indoors spaces to the public, within certain limitations.
A restaurant row of sorts is forming in Union Hill, with a new pizzeria grabbing a slice of the stretch of Jefferson Avenue that’s home to Alamo BBQ, Union Market and the forthcoming North End Juice Co.
Local restaurateurs have been pummeled by empty dining rooms, reduced volume and a reliance on takeout and delivery during the pandemic.
The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another business, this one a high-end steakhouse that’s been a fixture of Richmond’s downtown dining scene since the early 2000s.
As state dining restrictions begin to relax with the prospect of limited outdoor seating, the new owner of a seasonal restaurant along the river in eastern Henrico is expecting to capitalize on the times when he reopens his revamped version in coming weeks.
Just as to-go has become the go-to for getting restaurant food, a Richmond startup has launched an app intended to make takeout easier.
Charred got burned by the virus downturn, but owners Walied Sanie and James Baldwin are staying on their toes to keep the month-old restaurant alive.