A new coffee shop and wine bar will soon open in the darkened doors of what was once 10 Italian Cafe in Carytown.
Fuel Pump Coffee Station + Wine Bar, located at 3200 W Cary Street, will be open seven days a week from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM, serving coffee, tea, wine, and beer, plus a small menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner selections. The new venture is owned by husband-and-wife team Mary Dail and Andreas Waltenburg.
Calling on the best products they can find from around the country, Mary and Andreas have partnered with Intelligentsia coffee, Belloqc tea, and will be offering a selection of traditional varietal and new-world wines. What’s the common thread among these offerings? Quality. This is the stuff that Mary and Andreas are passionate about sharing with RVA.
“We are thrilled to have found such an appealing corner in Carytown,” Dail said. “We knew right away that this space had so much potential and would be a place we’d want to hang out. Our goal is to make it exactly that: a hang-out, a sun-kissed spot for morning coffee and a people-watching corner for indulging in our delicious wine selection.”
Upon opening, the menu will focus on quick breakfast options from assorted pastries and bagels to ricotta toast with preserves. A full menu will be developed to showcase the skills of their back of house staff as well as their own personal tastes – literally the food they like to eat.
“Our coffee, teas, wines and forthcoming menu items have been curated and sourced from some of our favorite purveyors both locally and nationally. Our choices have been informed by my 20+ years of experience in the restaurant industry, with influences from both the global table that is New York City and my Scandinavian roots,” Waltenburg said.
to bring some of their favorite food and drink experiences to their new home in Richmond, VA.
Andreas is a Swedish native who after moving to the US in 1994 realized his dream of opening up his own bar/restaurant in NYC – The Folly – in 2014. “Dre” is excited to share his second venture and second love – only to tequila – with his RVA neighbors.
Mary moved to NYC in 1995 after graduating from UNC-CH in her home state of North Carolina. After working as a photography editor for Martha Stewart Living, where she developed a passion for all things food and home, she started her own creative agency – Big Leo Productions – representing food and interiors photographers, directors and stylists. An unending search for that stellar cup of coffee and the desire to put down roots in Richmond led her to partner with her connoisseur husband. “He truly makes the best cortado I’ve ever had,” she said.
Fuel Pump is planning to open in the next several weeks, pending required permits.