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Saison restaurant and market in Jackson Ward closing

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Consistently 10-15 degrees colder than normal Thursday through next week

After 10 years in business, Saison and Saison Market in Jackson Ward is closing, according to the restaurant’s Instagram post.

“Our 10th anniversary is rapidly approaching and to commemorate it we’ve decided to close up shop. I could not be more proud of all that we’ve done and all that we’ve accomplished in this little room,” co-owner Jay Bayer posted on Wednesday.

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“Our lease was coming up, it’s an older building. And we’ve been experiencing some ongoing back-of-the house staffing issues, trouble finding folks able to do the caliber of work we want,” Bayer elaborated in an interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Business has been great lately, he said, back up to roughly 90% of what it was pre-pandemic.

“We’ve done all the things I wanted Saison to be able to do,” Bayer said. “It’s not the easiest thing to know when the right time to walk away is. It just felt right.”

Bayer is also involved in Bingo Beer Co., a combination brewery, bar-restaurant, and arcade at 2900 W. Broad St. in Scott’s Addition. He said that he wanted to focus on that business and other upcoming projects.

“We’ve been incredibly lucky and fortunate to have so many talented people be part of the history of our corner of Jackson Ward. At this time, it just feels right to be able to put a bow on this project and let it pass,” he wrote on Instagram.

Dec. 12 will be the last day of service at the restaurant and the market.

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Some pop-up dishes around town include (clockwise from top left) Saison’s Korean fried chicken wings, plus three dishes from Longoven’s Brasa: skate wing with herbed puree, piri piri chicken and pork chop with ramp chimichurri.

“We want to give people plenty of time to come out and enjoy one last dish or drink,” Bayer said.

The Saison restaurant at 23 W. Marshall St. is widely known for Latin American dishes with touches of Southern cuisine. Saison Market offered brunch and lunch specials and is well-known for the fried chicken biscuit.

Saison opened in Jackson Ward in 2012, as one of the first fine dining restaurants in the neighborhood.

“We’re happy we’ve been able to be part of the city’s growth as a food destination,” Bayer said.

RichWine, a local wine delivery service, recently announced it will be opening Penny’s Wine Shop in the Jackson Ward neighborhood at 405 Brook Rd.

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Colleen Curran is the living editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. She also covers arts and entertainment, pop culture and social media.

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