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Texas Inn owner planning to bring nostalgic diner vibes to Richmond with new location

The Richmond project, fueled by community support through a crowdfunded investment campaign, is more than just a business expansion. Owner David Saunders says it’s about transplanting a piece of history and culture into a new neighborhood.

Trevor Dickerson

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Texas Inn, a self-described “old school” diner synonymous with folks in Lynchburg and Harrisonburg, is taking a significant leap forward. Owner David Saunders is steering a fundraising effort to launch a new outpost of this classic spot in Richmond. This expansion marks a notable phase in the diner’s journey, already popular in its three current locations for its nostalgic ambiance and beloved menu offerings.

Originally founded in 1935, Texas Inn serves burgers, hot dogs, and all-day breakfast and is famous for its Cheesy Western sandwich, original recipe, and award-winning chili. The restaurant ships its cheesy western kits, chili dog kits, bulk relish, and bulk chili to 48 states via GoldBelly and served over 300,000 Cheesy Westerns in-house in 2023.

The Richmond project, fueled by community support through a Honeycomb Credit campaign, is more than just a business expansion. Saunders says it’s about transplanting a piece of history and culture into a new neighborhood. More than a diner, Texas Inn is a landmark celebrating the essence of American comfort food. The new location aims to replicate the warm, welcoming atmosphere that has made it a cherished spot.

Rather than taking out a bank loan, Saunders opted to allow fans of the restaurant to invest in his vision to expand the brand. The fundraising page details Saunders’ vision for the Richmond location, where supporters can become a part of this new venture.

For more detailed information about this expansion, the diner’s history, and how to contribute to the campaign, visit the Texas Inn’s fundraising page.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.