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Bartizian restaurant in Short Pump makes the leap to events-only concept

“This was our vision from the beginning. We opened in December 2019 and added the restaurant piece simply to gain foot traffic and exposure to our event spaces. We were forced to pivot when the pandemic hit, and the restaurant kept us afloat.”

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Bartizian, the 6,000-square-foot restaurant inside West Broad Village in Short Pump, is making a leap it had planned to from the start – shifting to an events-only focus.

“We finally made it,” said Chad Hornik, co-owner of the restaurant in a press release. “This was our vision from the beginning. We opened in December 2019 and added the restaurant piece simply to gain foot traffic and exposure to our event spaces. We were forced to pivot when the pandemic hit, and the restaurant kept us afloat. After a tricky two and a half years, our event business has grown so exponentially that we can now move to phase two of the business plan.”

“We have made many great friends over the last few years,” adds co-owner Jeff Ottaviano. “While we will be sad to not see our loyal guests on a daily basis, we hope folks will continue to host their private events with us, as well as attend our upcoming public events. We plan to ramp up this program in the Fall with events such as wine dinners, chef’s tastings, drag brunch, and holiday events.”

The restaurant’s final day of restaurant service will be this Saturday, August 20th, highlighted by food specials and deep discounts on wine. All in-house diners will be entered into a drawing to win credits towards their next event.

“This transition greatly increases our capabilities, now allowing us to host multiple events simultaneously, or larger events for up to 200 guests,” remarks Jamie Ashenburg, VP of Operations.

Bartizan has four unique spaces, each tailored to different types of events and varying guest counts. Before their grand reopening this fall, Bartizian will be executing a state of the art kitchen renovation and making thoughtful improvements to their event spaces, owners say.

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Blue Bee Cider property bought, changes on the way according to city documents

The buildings that comprise the site in Scott’s Addition were built from cobblestones that once lined Richmond’s streets.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Changes are in the works at a Scott’s Addition cidery, and they may include bringing a different kind of booze to the site.

Blue Bee Cider owner Courtney Mailey confirmed this week that her cidery’s property at 1320 Summit Ave. is under contract to be sold and that negotiations are underway for a sale of the business.

Mailey listed the 0.35-acre property that houses Blue Bee over the summer for $3.2 million and has continued to run the cidery onsite.

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Short Pump Town Center seeks open container ABC license

Soon you might be able to sip and shop at the Far West End mall.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Short Pump Town Center wants to allow people to walk around the mall with alcoholic beverages open and in hand.

The Henrico County mall recently filed a request with the Virginia ABC for one of the alcohol control agency’s commercial lifestyle center licenses, which would allow Short Pump’s visitors to consume alcoholic beverages in the mall’s common areas. The mall hopes to offer the perk no later than spring 2023.

“In short, it is similar to an ‘open container’ license and will allow visitors over the age of 21 to take their purchased alcoholic beverages (bought at one of our tenant restaurants) out with them while they shop,” said a spokeswoman for Brookfield Properties, the New York firm that co-owns the mall.

The company offers similar open-container programs at other properties in its portfolio.

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Library of Virginia partners with Can Can Brasserie to open downtown cafe

“We are thrilled to help bring one of the city’s best-loved restaurants to downtown Richmond,” said Scott Dodson, executive director of the Library of Virginia Foundation.

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A partnership between the Library of Virginia and a popular, longtime Carytown restaurant will bring a convenient breakfast and lunch option to the heart of downtown. Can Can Brasserie, a Parisian-style bistro and bakery, will open the Can Can Café in the Library’s lobby on Monday, September 19th, 2022.

“We are thrilled to help bring one of the city’s best-loved restaurants to downtown Richmond,” said Scott Dodson, executive director of the Library of Virginia Foundation. “Paul and John Kincaid and their team at Can Can are excellent partners. We cannot wait for our patrons and the downtown community to enjoy their amazing food in the Library as we head into our 200th anniversary year.”

Can Can Café will be open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with indoor and outdoor seating. Breakfast will include fresh-baked pastries and lunch will feature soup, salad and sandwiches, as well as to-go pastries, desserts and other items. Can Can’s signature coffee service will be available throughout the day.

“Since we began the difficult road of opening post-Covid, people have been asking us about our previous morning coffee service,” said Paul Kincaid, co-owner. “Countless people missed a beautiful location, quick coffee and pastries, and a chance to get out of the office and have a quick meeting. Opening Can Can Café in the Library of Virginia, we’re happy to be able to offer all of those things!”

Co-owner John Kincaid added, “With its spacious and beautiful interior, we’re excited to serve morning coffee, along with an assortment of sandwiches and salads for lunch, in a convenient location for so many folks in the downtown area.”

Limited free parking for Can Can Café is available on Level B1 of the Library’s parking garage accessed via entrances on 8th and 9th Streets.

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