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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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Kickstarter-funded Ruby Scoops ice cream shop to open on Brookland Park Boulevard later this fall

“We’re trying to create memories, and we’re trying to create moments in your life that you will always remember that kind of stem from what we make,” Kamara said.

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From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Rabia Kamara recalls drinking a sweet, sugary Colombian beverage as a 5-year-old in Silver Spring, Md. It wasn’t until she was at an international market over 25 years later that she came across the beverage again and fell in love with it anew.

Kamara wants to create similar memories for customers at her ice cream shop, Ruby Scoops Ice Cream and Sweets, which is in the works on Richmond’s Brookland Park Boulevard in North Side. There, Kamara plans to add a unique spin on ice cream flavors, with twists such as Peaches N’ Herb, Sweet Corn Basil and Lemon Honey Chamomile.

“We’re trying to create memories, and we’re trying to create moments in your life that you will always remember that kind of stem from what we make,” Kamara said.

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CEO of Richmond-based Elephant Insurance’s parent company gifting employees $13 million

As a thank you to all the staff at Admiral and Elephant Insurance who have made his 29 years with the company so special, David Stevens and his wife, Heather will give £1,000 to every full-time member of staff and £500 to all other staff. For employees in the United States, this equates to around $1,300 for full-time employees and $650 for part-time employees.

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David Stevens, CEO and co-founder of Elephant Insurance’s parent company, Admiral Group, announced yesterday he will give a personal gift of around $13 million to over 11,000 employees ahead of his retirement.

As a thank you to all the staff at Admiral and Elephant Insurance who have made his 29 years with the company so special, David Stevens and his wife, Heather will give £1,000 to every full-time member of staff and £500 to all other staff. For employees in the United States, this equates to around $1,300 for full-time employees and $650 for part-time employees.

“Saying thank you to all the Admiral staff in this way is the right thing to do, and I’m so proud and fortunate to have worked with such a special group of people,” said David Stevens, CEO and co-found of Admiral. “Their hard work and dedication has allowed Admiral to grow from a start-up with one brand, zero customers and 57 members of staff, to a FTSE 100 company worth around £8 billion with multiple brands, millions of customers and over 11,000 staff worldwide. Thank you from myself and my wife to everyone at Admiral.”

All Admiral staff, whether they work in Richmond or Rome, Newport or Delhi and everywhere in-between, will benefit from the gift.

“Today and every day, we are so appreciative to work for a company under the Admiral umbrella,” said Alberto Schiavon, CEO of Elephant Insurance. “David Stevens’ generosity will impact all of Elephant’s more than 630 employees, most of whom are here in Richmond. We wish him well in this new stage of life and look forward to welcoming Admiral’s new CEO, Milena Mondini de Focatiis.”

For more information about Elephant Insurance, visit www.elephant.com.

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Urban Farmhouse in Scott’s Addition closes doors after six years

The local chain of market cafes is now down to just two locations – one in Shockoe Bottom and the other in Midlothian.

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A local café-and-market chain has retreated from Scott’s Addition as it cuts costs amid the economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

Urban Farmhouse has shuttered its location at 3015 Norfolk St., capping off an almost six-year stint in the neighborhood. The homegrown brand is now down to two locations, one in Shockoe Slip and the other in Midlothian.

The chain, which had six shops in 2016, eliminated the 4,000-square-foot Scott’s Addition location as it seeks to come out on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic, owner Kathleen Richardson said.

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