PHOTOS: Old-school Richmond restaurants from the Times-Dispatch archives Sep 29, 2016 Sep 29, 2016 0 Texas Wisconsin Border Cafe, Graffiti Grill, The Jade Elephant - take a look back at some Richmond restaurants of the 1990s and early aughts from our archives. Organist Eddie Weaver at the Miller & Rhoads Tea Room Masaaki Okada Lunches in the Miller & Rhoads Tea Room with Eddie Weaver at the organ have been so popular that he cut his own record. Lindy Kest Rodman The recently closed Venice Restaurant at the Corner of W. Cary and Thompson streets in Richmond. The Venice had operated since 1958; the owners recently decided to retire. FOR GREG GILLIGAN STORY. BRUCE PARKER The new Julian's - Julian's, an Italian restaurant that has been operating for 40 years, has moved to larger quarters on West Broad Street. The restaurant left 2529 W. Broad St. and is leasing space in the former Automobile Club of Virginia headquarters, a block to the west. The restaurant has about 50 percent more space, with seating for about 200 people on the main floor. In addition, a wine cellar has been installed in the basement, private dining areas have been set up, and office space is available on the upper floor. The vacated property may become part of a redevelopment project involving the William Byrd Motor Hotel. Don Long Miller & Rhoads Corner Shop, T-D Mag. Camera Quiz. Staff Byram's Restaurant, 3215 West Broad Street. P. KEVIN MORLEY March 16, 1967 ( Staff photo - Netherwood ) Collector's Corner is between the Tea Room and Ladies Room on Miller & Rhoads 5th Floor Charles Wood on ladder. Jimmy Aldred climbing down. Talley Neon takes down Jullian's Restaurant sign Clement Britt Little remains besides the brick walls at the Capri Restaurant (right) and a chiropractor's office. July 4, 1983. Gary Burns A Julian's Restaurant (ALTHOUGH THE MENU SAYS JULIAN RESTAURANT) menu from the early 1950's. BRUCE PARKER In January 1975, shoppers passed by “the clock” at Miller & Rhoads in downtown Richmond. The distinct timepiece with four faces was installed in the department store in the mid-1920s; it can be seen today at the Valentine Richmond History Center. TONING COMPLETE: From Abingdon to the Eastern Shore and from Winchester to Danville, "Meet me under the clock" needs no further explanation for thousands of Virginians who come to Richmond on business, to see the sights or to shop. "The clock" has been a popular rendezvous spot for many Richmonders as well as out-of-town visitors since the mid-1920s when the somewhat ornate timepiece with four separate clock faces was first hung above and to one side of the information center in a downtown department store. ORG XMIT: RIC1308061735085158 Masaaki Okada The new Kelly's Jet System restaurant which is due to open in mid-August on the northwest corner of Fifth and Broad sts. is shown above. Where's the engine? The caboose traveling on the bed of a truck along West Broad Street yesterday wasn't part of a new rail line in Richmond, but part of a remodeling project at the old Clover Room restaurant. Owner John Dankos plans to open the new restaurant, Stanley Stegmeyer's Hodgepodge, on July 1. Part of the decor will include two cabooses, each of which will seat 16 persons. May 3, 1978 Wallace Clark This January 1952 image shows the intersection of West Broad and Lombardy streets, home to a White Tower restaurant and a Firestone automotive service center. White Tower restaurants were a rival of White Castle eateries. The Firestone site is now home to a Dollar Tree store. Lombardy & Broad St. TONING COMPLETE ORG XMIT: RIC1307221345445448 Staff Photo This January 1952 image shows the intersection of West Broad and Lombardy streets, home to a White Tower restaurant and a Firestone automotive service center. White Tower restaurants were a rival of White Castle eateries. The Firestone site is now home to a Dollar Tree store. Lombardy & Broad St. TONING COMPLETE ORG XMIT: RIC1307221345445448 Staff Photo A view of the water at Chesdin Restaurant, 629 River Road, Matoaca. FOR WEEKEND REVIEW DEAN HOFFMEYER A dish from the the Chesdin Restaurant, 629 River Road, Matoaca. DEAN HOFFMEYER In the small kitchen of Jumpin J's Java, owner Je Depew (right) creates unique entrees with chef Gene Smith (center) and Chris Pierson. Sept. 25, 2004 P. KEVIN MORLEY At Jumpin J's Java, owner Je Depew (left) shares a laugh with customers Denise Lawus and Melvin Carter. Sept. 25, 2004 P. KEVIN MORLEY Je Depew, outside her cafe' and restaurant, Jumpin J's Java, at 2306 Jefferson Avenue (corner of Jefferson and Leigh streets) in Church Hill. P. KEVIN MORLEY Exterior of Six Burner Restaurant on Grace Street in 2010. Joe Mahoney/Times-Dispatch Roasted Red Pepper appetizer at Six Burner Restaurant. Roasted Red Peppers, local goat cheese, roasted garlic and shallots seved with grilled bread. Joe Mahoney/Times-Dispatch One of the many seating areas at the Mexico Restaurant in Mechanicsville on May 17, 2004. CINDY BLANCHARD/TIMES-DISPATCH The Upper East Side Restaurant Jazz Lounge and Sports Bar allocated at 7103 Brook Road March 30, 2004. CINDY BLANCHARD The Upper East Side Restaurant Jazz Lounge and Sports Bar allocated at 7103 Brook Road on March 30, 2004. Grilled mushroom melt burger, (left) Upper East Side hot wings, and grilled chicken wrap. CINDY BLANCHARD Kobe Japanese Steaks & Sushi. March 24, 2004 DEAN HOFFMEYER Ancho chile strip (front plate), Coconut jumbo shrimp (back plate), creme brule cheesecake (right plate) and Firebirds 2000 Napa Valley Red are some of the items on the Firebirds Rocky Mountain Grill. Photo taken Monday, March 1, 2004, ALEXA WELCH EDLUND Bookbinder's Grill in Alverser Plaza in Midlothian in 2004. BRUCE PARKER Bella Arte on Bellevue Ave. in 2004. CINDY BLANCHARD/TIMES-DISPATCH Sushi from the Young Bin Restaurant in Chippenham Square Shopping Center February 24, 2004. CINDY BLANCHARD Shrimp and Scallop Scampi with linguine at Portabella's Restaurant & Pizzaria CLEMENT BRITT Paxton Campbell, owner of The Oak Leaf sandwich shop on West Franklin, holds a picture of his grandmother Pearl Campbell, who had a restaurant called The Oak Leaf at 307 North Boulevard in the 1920's. ALEXA WELCH EDLUND The "Plato Gordo" at Rio Grande Cafe at Stony Point Fashion Park. DEAN HOFFMEYER George Porcella, general manager of Pasta Luna restaurant in Richmond, VA, holds a menu as he talks about how the mad-cow scare has affected their business Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2003. BOB BROWN El Azteca Mexican Restaurant in Ashland . December 22 , 2003 CLEMENT BRITT Valentino's Italian Pizza and Restaurant, December 2, 2003. Joe Mahoney Interior of Valentino's Italian Pizza and Restaurant. Photo taken Dec. 2, 2003 Joe Mahoney Coctel De Camaron, (Shrimp Cocktail) at Los Rios Mexican Restaurant on Tuckernuck Road, November 12, 2003. MARK GORMUS Satoru Sato, head chef at Hana Zushi Japanese Restaurant, prepares a variety of sushi delicacies February 18, 2004 P. KEVIN MORLEY/TIMES-DISPATCH Anthony Clark, a host at Croaker's Spot in Jackson Ward, waits to greet guests as they enter the restaurant on December 19, 2003. Rebecca Reid The Edible Garden, 12506 River Road, Goochland County. Phot o taken June 17, 2005 DEAN HOFFMEYER Harold Thomas III, 14, works at Harold's Kitchen every day after school. The restaurant has been in the family since 1971, when the first Harrold, Harrold III's grandfather, opened it. EVA RUSSO La Casita's home made sauces - Red, (Medium) White, (Hot) and Green, (Very hot) compliment the restaurant's Shrimp Quesadilla, served with guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo.9/6/05- Lisa Billings Diners munch under the festive lights strung over the dining room at La Casita Restaurant in Richmond Tuesday.9/6/05 Lisa Billings Joe and Camilia Trak (center) with their children John and Mona, with some of the items on their extensive Greek-Italian menu, including Greek and Italian wines. Trak's Greek and Italian Ristorante P. KEVIN MORLEY Visitors to Trick Dog Cafe in Irvington, Virginia, can rub this trick dog statue for good luck. Photo taken Wednesday, July 19, 2005. ALEXA WELCH EDLUND Smoked Salmon in a crepe with flower petals with chives, cr me frais, microgreens accompanied by caper berries, chopped white onions, parsley and quail eggs. 1 North Belmont Restaurant on North Belmont Road in the fan. May 13, 2005. TIMES-DISPATCH Chef Matthew Tlusty with two Rock fish at on W. Cary St. July 14, 2005 MARK GORMUS Isabel and Mehmet Akpinar, owners of Zorba's Restaurant June 1, 2005. P. KEVIN MORLEY Homard en Poche, Rock Lobster Tail & Oyster Mushroom Duxelle baked in a Beggar’s Pouch. 1 North Belmont Restaurant on North Belmont Road in the fan. May 13, 2005. CINDY BLANCHARD Smoked Salmon in a crepe with flower petals with chives, cr me frais, microgreens accompanied by caper berries, chopped white onions, parsley and quail eggs. 1 North Belmont Restaurant on North Belmont Road in the fan. 5/13/05 TIMES-DISPATCH Thyme crusted rack of veal served with asparagus flan and prosciutto wrapped asparagus is one of the entrees served at Bistro R, on W. Broad St. EVA RUSSO/TIMES-DISPATCH Bryn Purser (foreground) and Adam Schumm (background) working in their restaurant, Zuppa, at 104 N. 18th St. in Shockoe Bottom in 2005 BRUCE PARKER/TIMES-DISPATCH Bottoms Up staff prepares for dinner customers beneath a reminder of Tropical Storm Gaston's flood damage on August 11 , 2005 CLEMENT BRITT/TIMES-DISPATCH Brasilian Cafe owner Rogel Venson and employee Isabel Gonzalez inside the restaurant on April 14, 2005. LINDY KEAST RODMAN Contractor W. Samuel West, West Builders LLC, (right) was instrumental in rebuilding many flood-damaged restaurants in Shockoe Bottom including the River City Diner in which this photo was taken. LINDY KEAST RODMAN Mr. Bojangles restaurant is located at 550 E. Marshall Street. CINDY BLANCHARD A wooden casket containing a dummy corpse is brought into O'Toole's Restaurant as part of a "wake" that harks back to a centuries-old papal dispensation that allowed Irishmen normally abstaining from drink during Lent to drink in the event of a wake for the dead. The ritual with the dummy corpse is a tradition of many years at the restaurant/bar on Forest Hill Ave. BRUCE PARKER Wingstop Restaurant featured a variety of wings for every palate. From left: Lemon Pepper, original hot wings, and a mild variety. They are served here with fresh-cut seasoned fries. Joe Mahoney Darryl and Pramvdee U. McGuire owners of Thai Country Resturant on Staples Mill Rd. . CLEMENT BRITT A list of restaurants supposedly available at the Sixth Street Marketplace, but alas, several are closed down and one whole block of restaurants listed has been demolished. LAD Rod Bennett (right) a partner in the Martini Kitchen & Bubble Bar venture, said that the 1911 West Main Street restaurant will boast 85 martinis on the menu. It will also offer certified black angus beef, duck, and lobster. P. KEVIN MORLEY Lois McCarn of Richmond (center) eats lunch with her daughter Carolyn Barker of Richmond in Brio Tuscan Grille at Stony Point Fashion Park TIMES-DISPATCH Little Europa Strogonoff (stroganoff) at Little Europa Restaurant and Gourmet Deli in the Gayton Crossing Shopping Center on 11/5/03. Flambe version. DEAN HOFFMEYER From left, Thomas Haskins, Andrew Williams, and Fred Middleton preparing food in the kitchen of the Positive Vibe Cafe in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center. BRUCE PARKER Chef Peter Caserta is opening a second Pasta Luna restaurant in addition to the West End location. The new location is in the Commonwealth Center at 288 and Hull Streets. JOE MAHONEY Chicken Biryahi, adorned with egg, is available at Curry House restaurant on West Broad Street. Photo taken October 7, 2003. Rebecca Reid Gade Reddy, of Wilmington, Delaware, eats a meal at Curry House restaurant on West Broad Street Tuesday, October 6, 2003. Rebecca Reid The bar at the Grafiti Grille in the Tuckahoe Shopping Center. Feb. 27, 2005 BRUCE PARKER Marie Antoinette Elbling grew up on a farm near the village of Thanville in Alsace, France. Her family ate seasonal food only at three meals. After moving to Richmond 34 years ago where she and husband, Chef Paul, opened La Petite France, she eats the same way. She doesn't exercise because she is in constant motion. Life is her exercise. If a light bulb needs changed in the restaurant, she'll grab a ladder and do it. DEAN HOFFMEYER Luna Grove Restaurant Chef F. J. Sabatini, with his Seafood Bouchee, in the restaurant in the Henry Clay Inn in Ashland on March 28, 2005 P. KEVIN MORLEY The Brasilian Cafe is located in the basement of Stuart Circle Apartments on Monument Avenue. Photo taken Sunday, January 20, 2005. ALEXA WELCH EDLUND Among other dishes, guests at Can Can, a brasserie on Cary St., can savor the roasted salmon served with lentils, wild mushrooms and red wine shallots. April 20, 2005. EVA RUSSO The bar area of Shula's 2 restaurant at the Sheraton Richmond West November 6, 2004. MARK GORMUS Guests dining at Cielito Lindo who might be in the mood for something sweet can try the flan de calabaza, the pumpkin flan. March 15, 2005. EVA RUSSO Christopher Bak, chef at Fusion, watches over chocolate truffle cake. Photo taken Monday, March 7, 2005. ALEXA WELCH EDLUND The Lucky lounge, located on E. Cary St., opened December 28, 2004. This restaurant/bar also offered live music, including Jazz on Thursday nights. EVA RUSSO Lunch crowd at Perly's on Grace St. March 11, 2005 MARK GORMUS A fire broke out at Firebirds in the Short Pump Town center on December 20, 2005. NATHAN GRAY India Garden & Grill WAS a family-owned Indian restaurant off of Midlothian Turnpike. Pictured here in 2005 were masala dosa (front), an Indian-style thin pancake served with onion and potato stuffing, curry and coconut chutney sauce, and vegetable jalfrezi (behind), a mix of cauliflowers, carrots, beans and green peppers sauteed in ginger, garlic, dry fruits and authentic Indian spices. EVA RUSSO/TIMES-DISPATCH Looking out of the front window into the "sidewalk cafe" portion of Escabar at 5806 Grove Ave. December 21, 2005 BRUCE PARKER Kevin Brown (left) and Nancy Cohen in the kitchen at Cafe Mandolin Feburary 18 , 2005 CLEMENT BRITT/TIMES-DISPATCH Using savory custard with dijon mustard in filo shells as the base , David Shannon of Dogwood restaurant created seven holiday party foods using leftovers . December 20 , 2005 CLEMENT BRITT Cluck Bucket (left), Gravy Fries and Perogies from The Pour House om 2005. Photo taken Dec. 3 NATHAN GRAY Martini Kitchen and Bubble Bar. Rack of Lamb, field greens and shrimp cocktail. November 28 , 2005 CLEMENT BRITT Beverly Mazursky, owner of Bev's Homemade Ice Cream shop in Carytown in the Carytown store on Thursday, February 10, 2005. ALEXA WELCH EDLUND/TIMES-DISPATCH The driver of this pickup truck was taken into custody on Dec. 9, 2005 after Hanover authorities and patrons at Mulligan's Sports Bar said he drove into the restaurant after being kicked out. “To the dining community: Don’t forget to bring joy wherever you can; it will go a long way.”Stella Dikos, namesake of Stella’s and Stella’s Grocery DEAN HOFFMEYER French artist Gilles Cheramy, right, poses beside the butterfly-shaped bar he has created for The Can Can restaurant at 3120 W. Cary St. in Richmond, VA, Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004, as his assistant, Bruno Perrigouas, left, polishes the edge. BOB BROWN NCCJ Humanitarian Award Recipient 2004, Hung Ching "Dick" Du, HO A table set in front of the fireplace at Azzurro Restaurant in 2004. DON LONG Vitello's is located at 101 N. Fifth Street Sept. 22, 2004. CINDY BLANCHARD Peter J. D'Amelio, president and chief operating officer ot the restaurant division at The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated, photographed at their Short Pump restaurant Monday, September 27, 2004. ALEXA WELCH EDLUND Cheesecakes and desserts are ready to be served up on Monday, September 27, 2004, at The Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Short Pump. ALEXA WELCH EDLUND The Tavern salad in The Veranda at Michelle's Tavern in Hanover Courthouse . September 21 , 2005 CLEMENT BRITT Barbara Roll is one of the items on Ichiban's menu. Photo taken Friday, October 21, 2005. ALEXA WELCH EDLUND Avenue 805 features Sunday brunch. This is French Toast with fresh local figs, toasted almonds and maple syrup. The Rail Bloody Mary is a signature brunch beverage. Photo taken Sept. 18, 2005. JOE MAHONEY This sushi and sashimi combo plate is one of the items on Ichiban's menu. Photo taken Friday, October 21, 2005. ALEXA WELCH EDLUND Interior of Avenue 805 restaurant on September 18, 2005 JOE MAHONEY Vinny Sanzone of Carini's Restaurant with a large pizza, in the newer section of the Italian restaurant in 2005. Photo taken Oct. 12. P. KEVIN MORLEY Sosie Hublitz outside her Gaston-damaged Shockoe Bottom restaurant "The Kitchen Table" on October 6, 2004. LINDY KEAST RODMAN Sosie Hublitz's Gaston-damaged Shockoe Bottom restaurant "The Kitchen Table." Photo taken October 6, 2004. LINDY KEAST RODMAN Jen Clayton, a manager at Gutenberg Cafe', explains the flow of the high water which severely damaged the restaurant in September of 2004, when remnants of Hurricane Gaston flooded Shockoe Bottom. Photo taken Sept. 29. P. KEVIN MORLEY/TIMES-DISPATCH A view of the water at Chesdin Restaurant, 629 River Road, Matoaca. DEAN HOFFMEYER 5/10/04 - Diners prepare to order while enjoying their cocktails at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at Stony Point Fashion Park in Richmond Monday. LISA BILLINGS Carolyn and Bob DeCapri in their restaurant, Cafe' di Pagliacci, in the Fan District. P. KEVIN MORLEY Lynn Cochran and Jim News, the owners of Mr. Patrick Henry's Inn on Church Hill, are selling the place. The stand in the restaurant's lunch room. The restaurant also had formal dining rooms. Photo taken November 15, 1999. BRUCE PARKER Dennis Hickman at the new Julian's at 1129 Three Chopt Rd. He is holding a framed 1947 menu from the restaurant's earliest days in downtown Richmond. BRUCE PARKER H.L. Reed Design Inc. decorated the Main Street Beer Co. with a poured concrete bar. Photo taken Tuesday, August 3, 1999. ALEXA WELCH EDLUND Edward Martin calls himself 'The Drink Man' at his job with Cafe Mosaic. He moves quickly through his work filling water pitchers, and other drink related tasks. DEAN HOFFMEYER Chris Kappas photographed in front of his restaurant in Blacksburg Va. Dec. 1999. BOB LIPPER Folks come to the Texas-Wisconsin Border Cafe, shown Aug. 24, 1995, in Richmond, Va., for its mix of Tex-Mex and hearty Wisconsin fare. Or maybe it's because of all the memorabilia from its namesake states, including stuffed animals, football helmets and license plates. LINDY KEAST RODMAN/TIMES-DISPATCH John Felico, owner of Dominic's of New York, will soon sell his sausage products at selected Ukrops. He is shown in his Willow Lawn Food Court location. LINDY KEAST RODMAN Watchful Waiter Awards Acacia Restaurant on Cary St. View from the porch on December 21, 1998 DON LONG/TIMES-DISPATCH 0 Comments Related to this collection Plus From the archives: Soble’s Restaurant in the Fan District May 6, 2016 In the fall of 1977, Bruce Behrman (left) and Paul Soble opened a new restaurant in Richmond’s Fan District.