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Family Meal at Willow Lawn closed until further notice

An email from Willow Lawn management to the RTD confirmed the closure is permanent after we first broke the story Thursday afternoon.

Trevor Dickerson



West End restaurant Family Meal, located at Willow Lawn, is closed until further notice, a sign on the entryway door read Thursday afternoon. “Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be closed until further notice,” the sign, signed by management, reads. Calls to the restaurant, which has been open for lunch, dinner, and brunch service, were unanswered around lunchtime.

The Richmond iteration of the four-restaurant chain, owned by former “Top Chef” alum and James Beard finalist chef Bryan Voltaggio, opened in March of 2015.

Locations in Frederick and Baltimore, Maryland as well as Ashburn, Virginia remain open, as well as Voltaggio’s six other regional restaurants.

The latest changes in the kitchen came in March of 2016 when local chef Travis Milton stepped up as the restaurant’s chef de cuisine, as former RVANews food writer Stephanie Ganz reported at the time.

We’ll update this story as we learn more information. Thanks to reader Frazier Fulton for the tip.


Willow Lawn management has confirmed the closure is permanent, writing in an email to the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

“We are saddened and disappointed in the unexpected closure of Family Meal. We are fans of Bryan Voltaggio and believe that his unique approach to food and family was a wonderful addition to the new and exciting stores at Willow Lawn.”

In addition, Richmond Magazine’s Stephanie Breijo has learned that the Ashburn location of Family Meal will transform into a new location of another Voltaggio concept, Aggio.


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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.