From Style Weekly:
It’s been a few weeks since Poor Boys of Richmond made its debut in the Fan, and as front-of-the-house manager Mike Truxton says, the training wheels are coming off.
At 203 N. Lombardy St., Poor Boys has been operating with limited hours and a partial menu, slowly introducing new items and only serving dinner. But starting on Tuesday, July 16, lunch will be available six days a week, with live music a few nights a week and a daily closing at midnight. The gradual rollout has been intentional, says Truxton, whose Richmond dining résumé includes Kabana, Belle and James, Aloi, Little Saint and Acacia.
“We made this conscious decision to do this kind of long, elongated soft launch. This way we can get the kitchen working on getting their pars, and we’re still figuring out a lot of storage,” Truxton says. “We wanted to focus on the restaurant aspect first and foremost before we got the ball rolling on events, nightlife and all of that.”
Leading the kitchen is Robert Holmes, a longtime chef and family friend of co-owner Clayton Navarre. His first restaurant gig, at age 15, was washing dishes at Camellia Grill, a New Orleans staple that’s been open since the 1940s. Like many chefs he worked his way through the ranks, and in 2003 he found himself cooking alongside celebrity chef and TV personality Emeril Lagasse at NOLA Restaurant.