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PHOTOS: A tour of Casa Del Barco’s new 8,400-square-foot restaurant at Short Pump Town Center

Take a peek inside the latest location, which features soaring ceilings, a private dining area, an open-air rooftop tequileria where patrons can choose from a menu of 200 tequilas and mezcals, and, a second story bar with plush, sofa-style seating.

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HOUSEpitality Group, the local company behind The Boathouse and Casa Del Barco, will open their second Casa location, bringing the Mexican flavors of their Canal Walk restaurant downtown–and the Oaxaca region of Mexico–to Short Pump Town Center beginning with dinner service on Friday, December 22nd. We had the opportunity to tour the new 8,400-square-foot space this morning.

The restaurant is far more open than its previous use, as Tara Thai. The entire space has been opened to expose the building’s steel beams, creating a two story space that allows in ample natural lighting.

The new Casa features a private dining area and an open-air rooftop tequileria where patrons can choose from a menu of 200 tequilas and mezcals. Plus, a second story bar allows patrons to relax and unwind with plush, sofa-style seating.

The second location will offer a similar menu to the original, featuring Mexican cuisine made with fresh, local ingredients and inventive cocktails. 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.

Because the restaurant is opening during the holidays, Casa Del Barco’s initial schedule will vary. Dinner service will begin December 22nd and also be offered on the 23rd. Christmas Eve Dinner reservations are available from 3:00 – 8:30 PM on the 24th. Beginning Monday the 26th, the restaurant will be open at 3:00 PM with happy hour, daily specials, and the standard dinner menu. Lunch service begins January 1st, 2018; Saturday and Sunday brunch service begins Saturday, January 6th at 11:00 AM.

The new venture will create approximately 85 jobs.

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Trevor Dickerson is the co-founder and editor of RVAhub.com, lover of all things Richmond, and a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

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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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From Richmond BizSense:

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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