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Group behind The Boathouse, Casa Del Barco bringing two new restaurants to Chesterfield Towne Center

A third Casa Del Barco restaurant and a new concept to be known as Shrimp Shack will open adjacent to one another, with rooftop bars and a bridge connecting the two.

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The owners behind seafood restaurant The Boathouse are expanding their empire yet again. HOUSEpitality Group, the company behind the four area Boathouse locations and two sister Mexican concepts, Casa Del Barco, will bring to new restaurants to Chesterfield Towne Center next year.

A third Casa Del Barco restaurant is planned for the mall, along with an entirely new concept for the group, Shrimp Shack.

Shrimp Shack will be a “casual and fun restaurant,” the company said in a statement. The restaurant’s name is inspired by the Shrimp Shack outdoor bar at The Boathouse at Sunday Park–the company’s original restaurant. The new concept will have a unique architectural design, as recycled shipping containers will be used to form the exterior structure of the restaurant, which will be 6,200 square feet–plus additional square footage in two patio areas. The menu will feature dishes with tropical ingredients and many influences from the sea, including local and ethically sourced seafood options with inspiration from various parts of the country including Key West, the Virgin Islands, and Hawaii.

The new Casa del Barco will be similar to other locations and come in around 4,600 square feet with additional square footage in two patio areas.

Both restaurants will be equipped with rooftop bars, with a party bridge connecting the two, allowing guests to move between the two locations. Two large atriums will be the heart of each building, and though each space will be surrounded by very different architecture and design, both restaurants will have the same connection to the outdoors, allowing guests to have the feeling of being outside even when the weather doesn’t cooperate.

“Given Chesterfield Towne Center’s support of local business owners, the mall was very interested in opening one of our restaurants at its location and approached us about it,” said Paige Healy, director of concept development for HOUSEpitality. “We were so intrigued that we decided to go all in on the location and open two restaurants.”

Both locations will be open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch and will open sometime in 2018.

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Axe-throwing chain set to open near The Circuit Arcade Bar in Scott’s Addition

The venue will open in the former Nicholson Sprinkler Corp. building at 3100 W. Leigh Street in the heart of the neighborhood.

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After its first attempt to get into the Richmond market fell flat, a Canadian axe-throwing bar is back with a location coming to Scott’s Addition.

Bad Axe Throwing is preparing to open at 3100 W. Leigh St. in a 5,000-square-foot space in the old Nicholson Sprinkler Corp. building.

Based in Ontario, Bad Axe has nearly 50 locations throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. In 2018, it began planning a Richmond location on West Broad Street, across from the forthcoming Whole Foods in Sauer Center.

But those plans fell through last spring. Bad Axe owner Mario Zelaya said there was an issue about the amount of parking available at that location, which caused them to scrap the plans.

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Nine-acre Elks Lodge property near Innsbrook slated to be transformed into mixed use development

Highwoods Properties paid $3.3 million for the nine-acre Elks Lodge near Innsbrook After Hours and plans to mull over mixed-use, high density options for the site.

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One of the biggest landlords in Innsbrook has amassed more land in the area, this time snagging a block of acreage next to the site where the Innsbrook After Hours concert series is held.

Highwoods Properties last month bought the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 45 property at 10022 Elks Pass Lane in Henrico. It paid $3.3 million for the 9-acre assemblage, which adds to another 12 adjacent and largely undeveloped acres the company already owns.

Jane DuFrane, Highwoods’ vice president and local market lead, said the company still is mulling options for the Elks land and adjacent sites, including developing a “walkable community with a mix of uses.”

“The Elks Lodge property’s contiguous proximity to our other land holdings and existing office buildings made it a natural fit for our portfolio,” DuFrane said in an email.

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Container Store, Chase Bank taking over two adjacent properties at Short Pump Town Center

The former hhgregg appliances and electronics store and neighboring Matchbox restaurant are being transformed into two new-to-Richmond brands.

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Two neighboring properties at the entrance of Short Pump Town Center are set to be transformed into homes for two new-to-Richmond brands – both as reported by Richmond BizSense.

The former Matchbox Restaurant on W. Broad Street is currently being eyed for a new Chase Bank, BizSense says. Plans have been filed to transform the two-story building into a bank and drive-thru. Read more about the plans here.

Across the road, the former hhgregg appliance and electronics store – originally built as a Circuit City – is being rehabbed into a new location for The Container Store, which sells home organization and storage solutions. Check out progress of the transformation here.

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