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Former staff from Julep’s, Pasture, Comfort launch Richmond’s first “ghost kitchen”

Their business, Dunharrow Concepts, launched its first restaurant concept on Thursday, June 25th with a limited menu. Garden Party is a strictly vegetarian and vegan concept featuring indulgent snacks, sandwiches, and salads. 

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Jon Martin, formerly of Julep’s and Pasture, and Liz Clifford, formerly of Comfort, have opened Richmond’s first ghost kitchen.

A ghost kitchen is a delivery-only restaurant that allows the parent business to operate multiple concepts from one commercial kitchen.

Their business, Dunharrow Concepts, launched its first restaurant concept on Thursday, June 25th with a limited menu. Garden Party is a strictly vegetarian and vegan concept featuring indulgent snacks, sandwiches, and salads.

With no brick and mortar, Clifford and Martin can keep the focus on the food.

“We’ve spent our entire professional careers feeding people,” Clifford said. “The ghost kitchen concept allows us to keep overhead low. We don’t have to worry about the expenses that come with running a traditional restaurant including designing, maintaining, and staffing a physical space.”

Dunharrow Concepts operates out of Hatch Kitchen RVA, a food and beverage incubator and commercial kitchen located at Clopton Siteworks in Manchester. They have partnered with UberEats with plans to add other delivery services in the coming weeks.

The husband-wife duo, who moved from DC two years ago, is passionate about ensuring those with food restrictions don’t have to miss out on experiencing a good meal.

“Cooking for vegans with a nut allergy makes you push boundaries,” says Clifford. “With all ordering online, items can be easily customized to accommodate most dietary restrictions and food preferences.”

Menu items range from a BBQ Tofu Bahn Mi, crispy green beans, a Tex Mex Salad to homemade fudgy brownies.

Next month, Clifford and Martin plan to launch two additional concepts, Fat Kid Sandwiches which will feature overstuffed subs and clubs, and Victory Garden which focuses on made-to-order salads.

For more information on Dunharrow Concepts and Garden Party, visit gardenpartyrva.com or follow @gardenpartyrva on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Stella’s Grocery opening new location in former Starbucks storefront at Libbie and Grove

This will be the fourth location for the local market chain owned by restaurateurs Katrina and Johnny Giavos.

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Stella’s Grocery, the local chain of neighborhood markets run by restaurateurs Katrina and Johnny Giavos, has scooped up a space on Grove Avenue, extending the brand’s reach into the West End.

The company recently inked a lease for a new location at 5802 Grove Ave., which had been home to Starbucks before it vacated in April.

It’ll be the fourth location for Stella’s grocery, joining its flagship store at 1007 Lafayette St. in Malvern Gardens, one downtown at 109 E. Grace St. and one in the HandCraft Building in Scott’s Addition.

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Charlottesville-based Grit Coffee opens first Richmond location at Libbie and Grove

Drawing on a love of coffee as well as cooking, Grit takes a culinary approach to roasting. As would a chef, Grit’s Director of Coffee, Travis Mason, views the quality and freshness of the ingredients as paramount.

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Amid an incredibly difficult year for the restaurant industry, Grit Coffee, the Charlottesville-based coffee shop and brand, opened its first Richmond location in the Libbie-Grove corridor this past Thursday.

In what was previously a Sweet Frog at 409 Libbie Avenue, Grit Coffee opened with options for carry-out and online ordering of coffee drinks, ground, and whole bean coffee, as well as pastries from Pearl’s Bake Shoppe. Owners say they hope to provide an approachable, relaxing environment to enjoy a good cup of coffee – especially after the nearby Starbucks on the corridor closed its doors.

Founded in 2008, Grit currently has five locations in Charlottesville, a thriving wholesale network through the state, and a coffee subscription service that has taken off since March.

Drawing on a love of coffee as well as cooking, Grit takes a culinary approach to roasting. As would a chef, Grit’s Director of Coffee, Travis Mason, views the quality and freshness of the ingredients as paramount. But equally important – and often overlooked in coffee – is the roasting, akin to how a chef might cook his ingredients to coax out the inherent and unique characteristics of each coffee.

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Ghost kitchen launches latest concept, Victory Garden, featuring creative salads with local ingredients

For Victory Garden, expect a focus on hearty, “designer” salads as the two put it, made from fresh and local ingredients. Customers can choose from several pre-designed salads, or custom-build their own salad creations.

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Victory Garden, the latest concept from Liz Clifford and Jon Martin of Dunharrow Concepts – Richmond’s first ghost kitchen – launched this month, focusing on fresh salads made with local ingredients.

Victory Garden is the third concept from the duo, previously opening Garden Party, a vegan and vegetarian concept, and Fat Kid Sandwiches, a sandwich concept featuring overstuffed and indulgent subs.

For Victory Garden, expect a focus on hearty, “designer” salads as the two put it, made from fresh and local ingredients. Customers can choose from several pre-designed salads, or custom-build their own salad creations. Victory Garden is open for deliveries Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 – 9:00 PM.

Dunharrow Concepts is a ghost kitchen based out of Hatch Kitchen RVA, a food and beverage incubator and commercial kitchen located at Clopton Siteworks. They have partnered with UberEats, Grubhub, and local Richmond delivery service, ChopChop.

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