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 restaurant group plans to open in a to-be-built, 4,000-square-foot space at the mixed-use development by early spring 2022.
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.
“We think we’ll bring in a younger crowd to the mall. You can’t throw an axe on the internet,” said local Stumpy’s Hatchet House franchisee Joe Szymczak.
The owner of the Saheb Indian Bistro previously co-owned Pakwaan Indian Cuisine, also in Chesterfield County, and wanted “something of my own.”
A team of friends from the local restaurant industry is launching the new concept because “it’s rare to be able to get a space with such visibility.”
Ian Newell opened Red Goat Pizza earlier this month at 2930 W. Broad St., Suite C, in a space formerly home to People’s Pie.
Hiring has been a challenge, but the pizzeria’s new outpost is open at 9325 Chamberlayne Road in The Shoppes at Rutland Place.