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Downtown In the News: April

Catch up on all of downtown's latest developments, openings & more!

From Left to Right: Fatty Smokes courtesy of Eileen Mellon & Richmond Magazine, Adarra courtesy of Scott Elmquist & Style Weekly, Pop City courtesy of

What's New?

A New Neighborhood Secret to Share

Adarra, Jackson Ward's most recent addition to its growing culinary hub, is now open at 618 N. 1st Street and serving up Spanish tapas in an intimate setting. Read Style Weekly's review of "soul-satisfying" food at Addara.

The Arts District's Thrift Scene Grows by Three

Pop City, Never Enough Books & Circle Thrift is Back! Read more about Circle Thrift's return to Broad Street at Richmond BizSense.

BBQ Comes to Broad Street

Fatty Smokes is now open at 328 E. Broad Street! Make sure to check out the Southern Pride 500 smoker, a wall-sized art installation made of tennis shoes by Noah Scalin (pictured above) and 50 different types of Bourbon!

Read more about the vibes & flavors to be found at Fatty Smokes in Richmond Magazine's first look.

From Left to Right: Stoplight Gelato Cafe courtesy of @stoplightgelato, Common House Outpost courtesy of @common__house, Pasture owner, Ry Marchant courtesy of Richmond Times-Dispatch & Dean Hoffmeyer

What's Happening?

Owners of Pasture Set Their Eyes on "Eatertainment"

While we are sad to see this version of Pasture go, we are excited for what new restaurant will join the impressive family of our downtown eateries. Although the building is for sale, Pasture will remain open for business throughout the search for a new owner. Read more about the owners' plans for the future at Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Shockoe Small Area Plan Kicks Off

While the planning begins for Shockoe's future, the city is hosting community conversations to make sure that its cultural and historic heritage is protected throughout the transformation. Join the discussion by taking the Shockoe Small Area Plan survey

Stoplight Gelato to Re-open in May

Stoplight's loyal customers can rest knowing that the cafe's new owners have Barb's blessing. Learn more about the return of Stoplight from Richmond BizSense.

From Left to Right: AC Hotel by Marriott Renderings courtesy of nbj Architecture & Richmond BizSense, Richbrau's new space courtesy of Timmons Group & RVAHub, The BridgePark courtesy of Richmond BridgePark Foundation &

What's Coming?

Virginia's First AC Hotel by Marriott is Coming to the Canal Walk

KM Hotels is planning to construct the state’s first AC Hotel by Marriott at 1300 E. Byrd St along the Kanawha Canal. In addition to plans for a 150-room hotel with a rooftop restaurant and 3,700 square feet of retail space, the firm is proposing to enhance the Canal Walk experience by connecting the Canal Walk to the Virginia Capital Trail via a bicycle ramp on its property along Virginia Street. Learn more about the details of this development in Richmond BizSense's article.

The Lighthouse Diner Renovation Begins on Hull Street

It's been almost 50 years since the Lighthouse Diner was open, but that's all about to change! The first phase in renovating the Lighthouse Diner, located at Hull & 13th Street, has already begun in Manchester. The plan is to bring four one-bedroom apartments to the rear of the building and returning the space to it's former glory as the Lighthouse Diner. Read more about this story at Dogtown Dish.

Timmons Group Shows Sneak Peek of Richbrau

Slated to open this June, Richbrau is being reborn downtown at Main and 20th Street! Find more information and pictures at RVAHub.

BridgePark Shares a Broad Vision

Interested in a linear park for the community by the community that increases access to the river from downtown and provides a new greenspace within the city? Read all about BridgePark's plans and designs in Ted Elmore's article on

Creative Spaces Keep Cropping Up

Kumbaya Space, set to open in 2020, is bringing co-working to Rockett's Landing while Common House, now accepting membership applications, is bringing their popular social club concept from Charlottesville to the Arts District.

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