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Casa Del Barco to open second Richmond location at Short Pump Town Center this summer

The 8,400-square-foot Mexican concept will join sister restaurant The Boathouse and offer over 200 tequilas and mezcals.

Trevor Dickerson

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An upscale downtown Mexican restaurant will soon branch out with a second location in the West End, it was announced this morning. Casa Del Barco will open a restaurant at Short Pump Town Center this summer.

The Mexican concept will join sister restaurant The Boathouse, bringing another locally-owned option to the regional shopping mall. It will fill the space recently vacated by Tara Thai.

The second location of Casa del Barco will offer a similar menu to the original Casa del Barco location, according to a news release, which goes on to say guests can expect Mexican cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients and inventive cocktails inspired by travel to Mexico.

To that point, the company sent Casa del Barco chefs to Oaxaca region of Mexico to study the authentic cuisine of the region to add to the flavor and uniqueness of the menu last November.

The new space is 8,400 square feet and will include an open-air rooftop tequileria where guests can choose from a menu of 200 tequilas or mezcals. The restaurant will feature upscale decor and offer a private dining area for large groups. The restaurant will be open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

The new venture will create approximately 85 jobs; the company will begin staffing in June.

“We wanted to find the right fit for our second Casa del Barco location and when the opportunity to open at Short Pump Town Center was available, we knew we couldn’t pass it up,” said Kevin Healy, owner of The Boathouse Group. “We’ve been a part of the Richmond dining community for almost 30 years and we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Our continued growth is a really a testament to our guests and employees who have allowed us to expand, and we’re so thankful for their commitment to all of our restaurants.”

Healy’s other restaurants include the original Casa del Barco location in downtown Richmond and three locations of The Boathouse, including The Boathouse at Sunday Park, The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing, and The Boathouse at Short Pump Town Center. The Boathouse at City Point in Hopewell is also set to open in 2017.

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