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More than 50 Richmond-area restaurants have closed for good during the pandemic

More than 50 Richmond-area restaurants have closed for good during the pandemic

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In the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., it was clear that restaurants would be dramatically affected by the social distancing and lifestyle changes necessary to slow the spread of the virus as dining rooms were ordered shut in many states, including Virginia.

In mid-March, Tom Colicchio — the “Top Chef” head judge, restaurateur and activist — was making the national media rounds to warn that 75% or more of independent restaurants would not survive without immediate and swift financial assistance.

The aid that has come has been limited, paltry, and overwhelming ineffective in staving off  business closures.

As 2020 comes to a close, dining rooms are open, but limited seating, continued closure of the bar area of Virginia restaurants, hour limitations, colder weather and COVID-19 cases spiking are all factors that continue to hurt local restaurant sales.

And as aid continues to be delayed for everyone, including restaurants,, the closings mount.

These are the Richmond-area restaurants that have closed for good since the start of the pandemic:

Pescados

Pupatella Pizza - Glen Allen location - added

Brook's Diner - added

Asado Wing and Taco Company - added

Tottering Teacup - added

Nota Bene

Dutch & Company - moved from temporary to permanent closing

Crab Louie’s Seafood Tavern - moved from temporary to permanent closing

Ma & Pa's Diner

The Annex

Root Stock Provisions in Shockoe Bottom

Awful Arthur's on Midlothian 

McAllister’s at Gayton Crossing 

The Angry Mussels 

FW Sullivan's

Bistro 27

Urban Farmhouse - Scott's Addition location

TD’s Smokehouse BBQ 

Amici di Enzo 

Jimmy John's Carytown location

Metro Grill, the restaurant and bar on Robinson Street in the Fan District

Mojo’s restaurant at 733 W. Cary St.

WPA Bakery — Church Hill location

Caturra on Grove, near Libbie and Grove avenues

Shockoe Espresso and Roastery, a coffee shop in Shockoe Slip

Lamplighter Coffee’s VCU-area location

The Naked Onion, a takeout restaurant on Cary Street

Morton’s Steakhouse in Shockoe Slip closed in May.

Richmond on Broad Cafe in downtown Richmond closed at the start of the pandemic and later said it would not reopen.

Sandston Smokehouse in Henrico announced in September that it would close.

Stump’s Pig & Pint in Jackson Ward closed this summer but has a food truck and is seeking a new location.

Bocata Latin Grill in South Richmond said in September that it would close for good.

Pizza Hut’s Patterson Avenue location

Bob Evans at 5431 Glenside Drive

Elsa Café and Market, an Ethiopian restaurant on Arthur Ashe Boulevard

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse in Short Pump — and the restaurant has been removed from the company’s website.

Saltbox Oyster Co., an oyster bar at Willow Lawn

Pink Flamingo, a Baja-style taqueria in the former Pasture restaurant space at 416 E. Grace St.

Ponies & Pints, a restaurant and horse racing parlor in the former Tiki Bob’s space in Shockoe Bottom, closed in July.

Tijuana Flats, a fast-casual Tex-Mex chain at Willow Lawn

Fox & Hound, a sports bar at 11581 Robious Road in Chesterfield County

Brio Tuscan Grille at Stony Point Fashion Park closed in April.

Sugar Shack Donuts’ Parham location

O’Charley’s restaurant in the Shops at Stratford Hills off Forest Hill Avenue

Panera Bread’s Stony Point Fashion Park location

Panera Bread near Carytown

MOD Pizza’s Chesterfield Towne Center location

Billy Jack’s Shack in Shockoe Slip

Citizen restaurant at 1203 E. Main St. in downtown Richmond closed March 18 after a deal to sell the restaurant fell apart.

Metro Diner’s Short Pump location

Metro Diner’s Libbie Place location closed sometime in early March. The company did not respond to a request for a specific date.

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Some restaurants have closed their doors as a cost-saving measure and hope to reopen when the pandemic is over:

  • Heritage
  • Rappahannock
  • Red Cap Patisserie

kpeifer@richmond.com

(804) 649-6321

Twitter: @KarriPeifer

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