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Tide turns for Carytown building

Amy David August 8, 2011 2

The Richmond Restaurant Group has scooped up another spot in Carytown, but this one will likely serve cheaper food than the restaurant the company runs a few blocks away.

Jared Golden and Michelle Williams, operating partners of the group, plan to open a restaurant in the former Glass & Powder Board Shop on West Cary Street next year.

They haven’t settled on a name, but Williams said the former surf shop will be a cafe for breakfast, lunch and dinner that serves natural food.

“We were looking at multiple properties,” Williams said. “We think it’s the right concept for Carytown.”

RRG bought the 4,800-square-foot space at 2934 W. Cary St. in June for $795,000.

The company owns five restaurants: Hard Shell and Europa in Shockoe Bottom, deLux in the Fan, the Hill Café in Church Hill and the Water Grill in Carytown.

Recently, the group revealed its plans for a second Hard Shell location in Chesterfield in the space left vacant by Outer Banks Seafood Company in the Shoppes at Bellgrade.

Williams added that the new restaurant will also cater to the late night crowd and feature organic and locally sourced food on occasion.

Glass & Powder Board Shop was a staple in Carytown for 10 years before closing in 2008. Boardparadise, a North Carolina-based chain, took over the spot for a brief period but entered bankruptcy the following year.

The West Cary space was vacant since mid-2009.

This new restaurant will be slightly different from the high-end eateries the RRG usually opens.

“We usually have things in the $15 to $20 range,” Williams said. “[The new place] will be on the inexpensive side.”

RRG is renovating the entire inside of the building and plan to turn the upstairs into a three-bedroom apartment.

“We’ve got a shell now, so we’re starting from scratch,” Williams said.

They’ve also recently received approval from the city to add on a patio to the front of the site.

Williams said that opening day will be sometime in 2012 and that they will begin work once their latest restaurant gets up and running.

“We’re focusing on getting the Hard Shell open [in Chesterfield], and after that the project will pick up speed,” she said.

The Hard Shell on the Southside is expected to open in September.

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  1. Scott Dickens August 8, 2011 at 6:56 am - Reply

    I can’t wait to try the new restaurant (and see another successful venture in our old space!) Cara and I love all RRG restaurants and can’t wait to have one in the ‘hood…Congrats!

  2. Brett August 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    Few people do it better than this group. There are many restaurants around town that have a lot to learn from these folks. I’m a big fan of their other spots and am looking forward to this new addition. Thank you for helping to make Richmond the great restaurant destination that it is.

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