Brothers Micah and Jett Odle are opening Graham’s Ice Cream at 7038 Mechanicsville Turnpike, near Mechanicsville High School, in July.
Sleep Number, Chase Bank, CityRow and the Virginia ABC have also signed leases at the $40 million shopping center following Publix’s opening last year.
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 food-and-beverage incubator’s nonprofit arm wants to help Richmond eateries land their wares on store shelves to give them an additional revenue source.
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.
“My wife and I went on dates there when we were in college,” said owner David Blanchard of his new space, which also once housed Crossroads coffee shop.
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.