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Belly Up to the Bar in a Safe Rule Filled Manner

Governor Northman updated one of his executive orders to now include bar seating as an option with caveats.

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The Governor updated the executive order that regulates businesses during these Covid times. The order that was updated is right here if you want to dive in. The important information for those missing the bar experience is, “patrons may be seated at the bar for service, provided a minimum of six feet is provided between parties.”

That doesn’t mean things are back to normal. Many of the restrictions remain.

  • No alcoholic beverage shall be sold, consumed, or possessed on premises between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room.
  • All private bookings are limited to 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors
  • All parties must be separated by at least six feet, including in the bar area.
  • Employees must wear masks over their nose and mouth while working at their place of employment.
  • Patrons must wear masks over their nose and mouth, except while eating or drinking.

Although this seems to be a step in the right direction towards restaurant/bar profitability not everyone is jumping on the bar seating bandwagon.

Karri Piefer at Richmond.com talked with some restaurants and bars to get their takes and it’s a decided mix of those that will be opening those seats and those that won’t.

And EAT Restaurant Partners — the largest independently owned restaurant group in the Richmond area — said it’s hurrying to open the bars at all 15 of its local restaurants, however they can and by the end of Thursday.

“Where we can seat people at the bar safely, we’re going to seat them immediately,” said Chris Staples, director of marketing for the group.

In some cases, Staples said, the restaurant will push tables up against the bar to maximize seating. In others, to keep enough distance between the bar seats and existing tables, such as at Wong Gonzales in downtown Richmond — customers will find traditional bar seating — with 6 feet between parties.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Three Businesses Heading Into Red Cap Patisserie Spot

Where once stood a bakery will now stand vendors selling Filipino food, Italian food, and coffee.

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Red Cap Patisserie was one of my favorite bakeries in town.  Unfortunately, it hasn’t survived. The location at 719 N. Meadow instead is turning into Market on Meadow.

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We are SO EXCITED to finally announce our small business collaboration, Market on Meadow.

We are founded by 3 local RVA market vendors who create their products from the ground up:

  • Polpetti, with the most delicious Italian goods & creators of the amazing Polpetti Pockets.
  • Auntie Ning’s, a Filipino-owned business spearheading quality Filipino food into the RVA scene with their lumpia, pancit, lechon, empanadas, and much more.
  • Column 15, a Black & Filipino, women-owned coffee roastery that specializes in nitro cold brew and adds those really refreshing coffee ice spheres into your drink.

Give us a like or follow, and be among the first to be updated on our upcoming RVA Brick & Mortar, located in The Fan area of Richmond, 719 N Meadow Street, opening July 2021.

 

Richmond BizSense.com has additional information.

Filipino food truck Auntie Ning’s, coffee shop Column 15 and Polpetti Catering, which sells Italian fare, are going in together to launch Market on Meadow in the former Red Cap Patisserie at 719 N. Meadow St.

Combining retail sales, a shared kitchen and a sit-down dining area, the market also will feature a commissary kitchen program for other users.

Each of the three tenants will continue to operate as an independent brand. Each concept will have a separate menu and retail offerings, and will each facilitate its operations at the market with its own staff, Column 15 co-owner Victoria Goldsby said.

Our sneak-peek of Red Cap from four years ago.

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Beignets Bouncing Into WH Baptist on Saturday

I didn’t even know Richmond had a beignet food truck and figured you might not either.

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Richmond.com Reporting Pop’s On Grace Closing in July

Fans of Pop’s only have a few month’s to hit the spot on Grace.

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From Richmond.com and Karri Piefer

The pandemic, of course, and the devastating financial impact it had on restaurants, is among the reasons the restaurant will close.

“[There are] lots of layered reasons, some stemming from pandemic, but ultimately things can’t be the way they were,” he said. “And the vision has changed.”

But before everyone runs out and tries to crowd the restaurant all at once, remember, there are at least two months of Pop’s opportunities left.

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