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Island Shrimp Co., Casa Del Barco hiring for 250 positions at restaurant job fair beginning today

Local restaurant group HOUSEpitality Family is looking to fill 250 positions in the coming months for two new restaurants opening at Chesterfield Towne Center, Island Shrimp Co. and Casa del Barco with weekly job fairs that begin today.

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Local restaurant group HOUSEpitality Family is looking to fill 250 positions in the coming months for two new restaurants opening at Chesterfield Towne Center, Island Shrimp Co. and Casa del Barco with weekly job fairs that begin today. Both restaurants plan to hire 125 people prior to opening.

Island Shrimp Co., HOUSEpitality Family’s newest concept, will offer flavors from tropical port cities for a port-to-plate experience that brings something new to the Richmond dining scene in a carefree and relaxed environment.

Job fairs for Island Shrimp Co. will kick off Thursday, August 8 and run each Thursday through August 29 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.Interviews will take place at the Training and Recruitment Center located across from the H&M exterior entrance at Chesterfield Towne Center.

The Chesterfield Towne Center Casa del Barco, which offers regionally-inspired Mexican cuisine, will be the restaurant group’s third location of the concept, following locations on the Canal Walk downtown and at Short Pump Town Center. Hiring events for Casa del Barco will be held each Thursday in September beginning September 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the same location.

“There is a saying in our culture at HOUSEpitality Family that the most important position is every position,” says Emmy Finch, director of human resources, training, and development for HOUSEpitality Family. “We tell applicants that this is an entirely different type of serving job or kitchen job than you have ever experienced. We help our employees grow and we like to have a good time in the process.”

All positions are available for both restaurants, including lead cooks, line cooks, servers, bartenders, hosts, dishwashers and support staff. Before attending a job fair, those interested in applying should visit www.growwiththefam.com to fill out an application for a position.

“Employees can expect that they’ll never stop learning when they’re working with HOUSEpitality Family,” added Finch. “We want our team members to learn as much as they can, take classes and get certifications that will help them grow as professionals.”

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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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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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