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Wine bar planned for former Julian’s space

David Larter March 22, 2013 12
A rendering of the six planned apartments above the restaurant. (Images courtesy of Thalhimer)

A rendering of the six planned apartments above the restaurant. (Images courtesy of Thalhimer)

A long dormant and recently foreclosed restaurant on Broad Street near the Boulevard is getting a taste of la dolce vita.

Sicily native and Richmond restaurateur Joe Lo Presti and his family, who own six other pizzerias and Italian restaurants in the area, are planning Pane E Vino Winebar & Trattoria in the 5,000-square-foot former Julian’s space at 2617 W. Broad St.

The site at 2617 W. Broad St.

The site at 2617 W. Broad St.

“It’s a new concept for us,” Lo Presti said. “It will be a nice wine bar where a couple or singles can come in and enjoy a glass of wine.”

The restaurant will also serve bread, meats, cheeses, roasted vegetables, fresh mozzarella and the like, he said.

The Lo Presti family also owns Maldini’s Ristorante Italiano on Forest Hill Avenue, Piccola’s near VCU on Main Street, Pronto Pizzeria on Broad Street in the West End, Mediterraneo near Winterfield and Robious roads, Mary Angela’s in Carytown and Ariana’s Grill in Devil’s Triangle and Lakeside.

Lo Presti said the build-out on the Julian’s space should run about $200,000.

“That’s what we’re thinking right now, but with restaurants, you almost never know what you are getting into,” he said. “The owners will help out a lot, though.”

The property owner is Thalhimer Realty Partners, the development wing of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, which purchased the property from Village Bank for $700,000 in November.

Village foreclosed on the building after its previous owner, strip club operator Sam Moore, was shipped off to prison.

Matt Raggi, an associate with Thalhimer, said the Lo Presti family was exactly what they were looking for to fill the Julian’s space.

“We were looking for a long-term operator – and local if we could find it – and that’s exactly what we got,” Raggi said. “Joe and his team have been around for a long time. They are good operators, and we are exited to have them.”

Thalhimer is planning six apartments above the restaurants: two two-bedroom apartments and four one-bedroom apartments. They will rent for $1,050 and $750 per month, respectively.

MGT, Thalhimer’s construction arm, will do the build-out for Pane E Vino and the apartments.

Raggi said Thalhimer would submit plans for the building to the city April 1 and hoped to have the property, including the restaurant, up and running by the end of July.

Behind the restaurant, the firm is planning four duplex homes on what is currently a parking lot. Those will also be built at the same time.

Corinthian Construction will be the general contractor for that project. In total, the build-out will run about $2 million, Raggi said.

Thalhimer brokers Brian Berkey and Mac Wilson also worked the deal.

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12 Comments »

  1. Tucker Grigg March 22, 2013 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Thank you for the investment. I really like the idea of a wine bar to complement all the craft breweries that are in focus in RVA now and especially in Scott’s Addition. The location is perfect across for the museums, next to the fan proper and new apartments coming on line.
    See you with date in tow before the Redskins open training camp.

  2. Jay March 22, 2013 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Great news. Can’t wait to watch this development unfold.

    But:
    “Thalhimer is planning six apartments above the restaurants: two two-bedroom apartments and four one-bedroom apartments. They will rent for $1,050 and $750 per month, respectively”

    In the seven years I’ve been in Richmond, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a new development (or redevelopment) deliver units at the prices that they initially advertise or claim.

  3. Alan G. Saunders March 22, 2013 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Fantastic news!! Just thinking about it, this brings back fantastic memories of Julians back in the late 60’s and 70’s.

  4. Ethan March 22, 2013 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I’m VERY happy to hear this news. That was some of the most under-utilised real estate in the Fan.

  5. joe March 22, 2013 at 9:37 am - Reply

    The best news of all is that residential units are gong to be built on an ugly surface parking lot. There are way too many surface parking lots in Richmond. Thanks.

  6. Stuart March 22, 2013 at 11:55 am - Reply

    The four duplexes will front on W Grace?

  7. Brett March 22, 2013 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Great idea! Glad to see someone taking over this block.

  8. Mike Jasp March 22, 2013 at 1:40 pm - Reply

    Great news.

    Tucker: thanks for acknowledging this is not in the Fan.

    Stuart: Yes, the surface lot behind the building goes all the way to grace.

    Now: Rebkee was supposed to start the Interbake Factory construction in October…what is going on? I look foward to this area, broad and Blvd, being clean and safe looking. Those that live in the interbake building pollute the area, literally.

  9. Shelly March 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    With all these apartments being built in the city lately, they must be expecting a big increase in the population.

  10. Margaret T. March 22, 2013 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    Speaking of memories, could you get that bread recipe from Julian’s?? And put in a room for families so we can pop over after leaving the museums across the street?! :)

  11. Stuart March 22, 2013 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    No, the parking lot behind the building only goes about 60 feet to the alley right of way. The houses to be built facing W Grace are on a separate parcel. That parcel is in a city Old and Historic District while the Julian’s building and parking lot are not so there will be different requirements to develop that parcel. I’m interested to see their design proposal for the new row houses.

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