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Wine bars pour into local dining scene

Mark Robinson July 16, 2013 0
Inside Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar's Charlottesville location. (Courtesy of C3creative)

Inside Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar’s Charlottesville location. (Courtesy of C3creative)

Richmond’s wine bar scene is getting a lot more crowded.

Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar in June leased 7,100 square feet at 1601 Willow Lawn Dr. The location will be the company’s fourth in Virginia and 12th overall.

“We love the market, and we love the Willow Lawn area because it’s a little more established area of town,” said owner Mark Craig.

The eatery has 50 wines available by the glass and hundreds available by the bottle, Craig said. Travinia’s lunch dishes range from $8 to $12, he said, and most of the restaurant’s dinner entrees cost between $14 and $24.

The restaurant’s Richmond location will have indoor and outdoor seating, Craig said.

Charlotte-based ADW Architects is designing the space, Craig said, but the company has not chosen a contractor. Construction on the space is scheduled to start in October. Craig said he expects the restaurant to open in March.

Nathan Shor of S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co. represented the restaurant in the deal.

Travinia opened its first restaurant in 2002. The South Carolina-based company is not affiliated with a winery, Craig said.

Richmond is not the only Virginia market that the company is entering. A Newport News location is in the works, Craig said, and the company is looking to expand to the Washington and Baltimore areas.

In Richmond, they’ll face competition from another chain.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant leased an 11,500-square-foot space at Short Pump Town Center. The company has 11 locations in six states. The Short Pump location will be its first in Virginia.

Zach Means and Larry Agnew of Divaris Real Estate handled the deal.

Requests for comment from Cooper’s Hawk were not returned by press time.

At least one independent local wine bar is in the works: Pane E Vino Winebar & Trattoria is on schedule to open in the fall.

Renovations are underway at the former Julian’s space at 2617 W. Broad St., according to developer Matthew Raggi of Thalhimer Realty Partners, and are expected to be complete in September or October.

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