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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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Torchy’s Tacos opens second Richmond location at Carytown Exchange this week

On the heels of its Short Pump opening earlier this month, Torchy’s Tacos is getting ready to launch its second Richmond-area restaurant. Located at 3510 W. Cary St. in Carytown Exchange, this new location opens on February 1st and joins Charlottesville and Short Pump as Torchy’s third Virginia location.

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On the heels of its Short Pump opening earlier this month, Torchy’s Tacos is getting ready to launch its second Richmond-area restaurant. Located at 3510 W. Cary St. in Carytown Exchange, this new location opens on February 1st and joins Charlottesville and Short Pump as Torchy’s third Virginia location.

To celebrate the new restaurant, Torchy’s will host a preview party on Monday, January 30 from 5-8 p.m., where the community is welcome to attend and enjoy a complimentary meal, including tacos, queso, beer samples, N/A beverages and more. All alcohol sales and tips will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Torchy’s is also kicking off grand opening day on February 1 by offering the first 100 guests in line at 10 a.m. on opening day a limited-edition Torchy’s Restaurant Opening T-Shirt, which will grant the lucky Taco Junkie a year of free Green Chile Queso each time they wear it to the Carytown Exchange location.

The Carytown location boasts a 4,445-square foot dining room coupled with an outdoor patio, where guests can enjoy options like the Trailer Park taco, plant-based Migas taco and Torchy’s Taco of the Month while sipping fresh-made margaritas and signature cocktails. At Torchy’s, every taco, queso and margarita is hand-crafted and made-to-order.

The restaurant’s hours of operation are:

  • Sunday: 9 am-9 pm
  • Mon-Th: 10 am-10 pm
  • Friday: 10 am -11 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 11 pm

Founded in a food trailer in Austin in 2006, Torchy’s Tacos elevates the traditional street taco with unique flavor combinations that include responsibly sourced, high quality ingredients from around the world. Follow Torchy’s Carytown Exchange on Facebook or download the Torchy’s App to join the Taco Junkies Rewards Club to keep up with the latest local news and offers.

Torchy’s Carytown Exchange is currently hiring for all restaurant positions, including cashiers, bartenders, food runners, expo, prep, grill cooks, and dishwashers. Those interested in living the taco dream can visit torchystacos.com/careers or stop by 3510 W. Cary St. to apply.

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PHOTOS: Grow @1717 Accelerator honors childcare businesses in Richmond

Capital One Financial Corp (COF) this week recognized seven licensed home base childcare providers for their completion of the [email protected] Accelerator, a 12-week small business program designed to help strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem and elevate the Richmond region as a destination for innovation.

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Capital One Financial Corp (COF) this week recognized seven licensed home base childcare providers for their completion of the [email protected] Accelerator, a 12-week small business program designed to help strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem and elevate the Richmond region as a destination for innovation.

Cohort members received $5,000 in funding to support business stabilization and growth, along with a business needs assessment, 90-minute learning workshops, skills-based support from COF associates, and a network of peer mentors. The cohort was selected and funded in partnership with ChildSavers, a non-profit that provides children’s mental health services and childcare resources to Richmond residents.

“We know that family day home care is the most common form of childcare in this country, but oftentimes, home-based providers are the most overlooked for support as small business owners,” said Toria Edmonds-Howell, Community Engagement Manager for the Capital One 1717 Innovation Center. “The Grow @1717 program was designed to meet emerging needs within our region, and as Richmond childcare providers continue to experience the impacts of the pandemic, we want to help.”

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Capital One Accelerator at 1717.

Photos: Michael Simon Photography

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Local rapper launches new creative and co-op work space downtown

A grand opening for the new space, CNTR, will be held 5-10 p.m. Friday, November 4th, coinciding with the Arts District’s First Fridays event.

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A new retail, creative and co-working space named CNTR opens next month in Richmond’s Arts District.

Located at 318 W. Broad St., the 3,408-square-foot space also is home to theMSQshop, which opened earlier this year. It provides brand design, creative content services and a recording and production studio.

Owner and Creative Director Will Keck, who performed for 15 years in Richmond as OG ILLA, aims to provide a resource for creatives and a safe, welcoming space for Richmond’s hip-hop and R&B culture.

“I want to encourage young artists and entrepreneurs in our community,” Keck says. “CNTR is here as a resource, business incubator, and place to elevate their work through business education.”

CNTR is available for bookings as well — for pop-ups, shows, events, workshops, conferences, and video and photo production.

The business venture, powered by theMSQshop, also includes a retail shop featuring Virginia-based streetwear, an art gallery showcasing local artists, and a co-working space that includes Richmond’s first black-owned hemp company.

A grand opening for CNTR will be held 5-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, coinciding with the Richmond Arts District’s First Fridays.

The free event will feature pop-ups from local vendors, an art exhibit with work from ErvEyes, JAE, Paris and Khaos Ky, and music performances by Rudy Walker, Era Hardaway, Machine Mook, OG Souul, illwilliam and Hannah Grace.

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