Brrrrr – Meet our Chilly Neighbor

Ice cream shop readies Scott’s Addition location

by J. Elias O’Neal January 25, 2017 in Richmond BizSense

Work continues on Gelati Celesti's fourth location at 1400 N. Boulevard in Scott's Addition. (J. Elias O'Neal)

Work continues on Gelati Celesti’s fourth location at 1400 N. Boulevard in Scott’s Addition. (J. Elias O’Neal)

The eastern border of Richmond’s hottest neighborhood is about to get a frosty new tenant. Local ice cream chain Gelati Celesti plans to open a 2,100-square-foot store at 1400 N. Boulevard on Feb. 9.

Gelati Celesti Scott's Addition

It’ll be the fourth location for owners Steve and Kim Rosser, their biggest shop yet and the brand’s second within city limits.

The new store joins the original Gelati Celesti shop at 8906 W. Broad St. in the Gold’s Gym Plaza shopping center, an outpost in the Stony Point Shopping Center on the Southside, and in the Corner at Short Pump.

“To give some perspective, our Short Pump store is 1,275 square feet,” said Steve Rosser. “This is one of our biggest investments yet.”

The new shop is a ground-floor tenant of the redeveloped 17,000-square-foot building that formerly housed a local printing company. The building’s second floor is being converted into apartments. UrbanCore Development and Duke Dodson of Dodson Property Management are behind the rehab. “We’re confident we will have ample parking for our customers at this location,” Rosser said. “Scott’s Addition is a hot neighborhood. We like the association with the other businesses coming into the neighborhood, and we’ll be central to The Fan, Northside, and the Malvern area.” The Rossers plan to open their Boulevard location by early August, and plan to start hiring “scoopers” to work in the store in the early summer. The store will create between 15 and 18 new jobs.

Read the rest of the story, here

Family-Friendly Pretend Play, in Scott’s Addition, from Wegmans

If you are looking for family-friendly things to do in Scott’s Addition, you’ll be happy to hear about “Wegmans for kids.” Wegmans gave the museum a $150,000 gift for the three Children’s Museums, in Richmond. Renovations and construction begin in April, for grocery store exhibits. The exhibits will feature child-sized grocery shopping experience with play foods, mini-grocery carts, checkout counters and café tables.

The exhibits are designed for children from birth to age 6 and feature hands-on, play-based grocery stores. Children are invited to exercise their imaginations, wiggle their bodies, and explore with their hands. They will learn to work at a grocery store or shop at a grocery store with kid-sized carts and shelves, in engaging and age-appropriate ways.

One of the three children’s museums with the theme is right on the fringe of Scott’s Addition: at the Museum’s flagship location on West Broad Street near the Fan District, at 2626 W Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

Family-Friendly Puppet Shows during Winter Break, in Scott’s Addition

Puppets Off Broad Street (a Richmond-based 501(c)3) will be hosting family-friendly performances at Richmond Triangle Players over Winter Break. There will be fourteen (14) performances to choose from! Puppetfest run from Dec. 26th – Jan 1st at Richmond Triangle Players, located at 1300 Altamont Avenue. Tickets are just $10 each.

Puppetfest Scott's AdditionHere is the full RVA Winter Puppetfest Schedule:

Dec. 26: Little Red & the Gingerbread Man
by Barefoot Puppet Theatre (10:30am and 1pm)

Dec. 27th: Lollipops for Breakfast
by The Gottabees (10:30am and 1pm)

Dec. 28th: Lollipops for Breakfast
by The Gottabees (10:30am and 1pm)

Dec. 28th: Little Red & the Gingerbread Man
by Barefoot Puppet Theatre (7pm – Pajama Party!)

Dec. 29th: Ventriloquist and Children’s Comedian, Uncle Ty-Rone
by Ty-Rone Travis (10:30am and 1pm)

Dec. 29th: The Magic of Hans Christian Andersen
by Applause Unlimited (7pm – Pajama Party!)

Dec. 30th: Ventriloquist and Children’s Comedian, Uncle Ty-Rone
by Ty-Rone (10:30am and 1pm)

Jan. 1st: The Magic of Hans Christian Andersen

by Applause Unlimited (1pm and 3pm)

Farmers’ Market on Tuesdays, 4pm-7pm

We just received notification from Councilman Charles Samuels that the new Farmers’ Market in the 2nd District is now open! This is great news for Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association because every Tuesday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., a Farmers’ Market produced by GrowRVA (who also operate the South of the James Market) is being held in the auxiliary parking lot of First Baptist Church at the corner of Boulevard and Monument. Each week, a portion of the market’s proceeds benefit ACTS, a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide support and resources during periods of financial crisis to prevent homelessness.

farmer's market

The Market is open to the public and food trucks will have food available, on site. This event will run all summer, its final day of 2016 being August 30.  For more information including a list of vendors, visit http://www.growrva.com/#!acts-farmers-market/sgozg

That’s the way we roll!

River City Roll – boutique bowling alley set to roll along Boulevard

River City Roll in Scott's Addition

A local development team is lining up what it bets will be a strike for the city’s hottest neighborhood ===> Scott’s Addition.

Rob Long, a former investment banker with BB&T Capital Markets, is leading a team that includes former Jefferson Hotel restaurant director Ben Eubanks to bring a high-end “boutique” bowling alley to a mostly vacant lot between the Boulevard and the Cookie Factory Lofts.

To be called River City Roll, the $5 million project is planned for a 2-acre plot at 939 Myers St., a block east of the Boulevard across from Scott’s Addition. The 25,000-square-foot facility would include 150 parking spaces and replace a pair of dilapidated storage buildings on the site.

Long said he came across the so-called boutique bowling concept – alleys with fewer lanes and an emphasis on high-end food and finishes – in bigger cities while working debt capital raises for some of the country’s largest corporations.

“I lived in San Antonio, Charlotte and Boston, where these concepts were doing very well. Being from Richmond and understanding the market here, I knew this was a concept that could work here,” he said.

“You have so much happening within this vicinity of the city … it just made sense to start this venture here,” said Long, who said his team is eyeing additional bowling alleys locally and nationally. “Given the renewed activity in the city, especially Scott’s Addition, we feel like this model can be very successful in Richmond,” he said.

Ben Eubanks and Rob Long River City Roll

Development team members Ben Eubanks, left, and Rob Long on the future River City Roll site, adjacent to the Cookie Factory Lofts. (J. Elias O’Neal)

Long said each lane at River City Roll will be named for a Richmond street or landmark and include leather seating and custom-made tables, where wait staff will deliver drinks and food. Eubanks, a former restaurant director at The Jefferson, is overseeing River City Roll’s food and beverage concept.

“[Eubanks] is very well known for his craft and attention to detail,” Long said. “Our food and beverage options are going to be very memorable.”

The venue will include shuffleboard and Skee-Ball and a stage for live music.

“We want it to be more than just a high-end bowling alley,” Long said. “We want there to be something for everyone, even those who don’t like to bowl.” Read the rest of the story, here.

The Dog Wagon Carry-Out is joining us, in Scott’s Addition

The Dog Wagon Carry-Out, the first brick-and-mortar offshoot of Stout’s Dog Wagon food truck, opened for business this week at 2930-C W. Broad St. in the Gather co-working building along the southern edge of Scott’s Addition. From Richmond BizSense: After nearly four years dishing out hot dogs on the go, Robert Stout has found a place to park in one of Richmond’s most sought-after neighborhoods, though he’s hardly slowing down.

The Dog Wagon in Scott's Addition

“People had always said, ‘Hey, I missed you at your stop today, why don’t you open up a permanent location?’” Stout said. “Now we’re here.”

With about 1,100 square feet of space, the restaurant also doubles as The Dog Wagon’s prep space for its food truck, and provides storage space.

The new restaurant offers more than a dozen hot dog and corn dog options, ranging from the Chicago Style to the Clayton Carolina Dog. The location also serves Boardwalk fries with a dash of vinegar and sea salt, along with root beer floats.

“When I opened this restaurant, I wanted to increase the options,” Stout said. “There’s something for everyone.”

The restaurant has limited seating, allowing Stout to build on the venture’s “to go” concept – and that involves working with a few of his boozy Scott’s Addition neighbors.

“We’ve set up a kiosk inside Three Notch’d Brewing Co. where people can walk up to the kiosk, order up an item on the menu and we will deliver it to the bar within 10 minutes,” Stout said of the brewery that recently opened elsewhere in the Gather building. “We’re killing two birds with one stone because the brewery doesn’t have to serve food – we do that for them – and their patrons don’t have to wander off to find something to eat.”

Stout said he is actively working with the neighborhood’s other breweries and cideries to place additional kiosks in their tasting rooms and event spaces – even purchasing a vintage three-wheel bike equipped with a rear basket to ship boxed goods to hungry patrons in the neighborhood.

“It’s been well-received at Three Notch’d,” Stout said. “So we’re hoping to continue that growth into the new year.”

Eventually, Stout is hoping to branch into other places of delivery – such as to apartment buildings and offices that are popping up in the district. Read the rest of the story, here.

The restaurant set up in the Gather co-working building along the southern edge of Scott's Addition. (J. Elias O'Neal)

The restaurant set up in the Gather co-working building along the southern edge of Scott’s Addition. (J. Elias O’Neal)

ZZQ, a new BBQ Joint coming to Scott’s Addition

Richmond BizSense showed us the plans behind a new BBQ joint, in Scott’s Addition. We cannot wait!

ZZQ in Scott's Addition

There will soon be some extra smoke piping through one of Richmond’s hottest neighborhoods.

ZZQ, a barbecue venture run by local architects Chris Fultz and Alex Graf, (Photo, below) has plans in the works for a new restaurant to be constructed from scratch at 3201 W. Moore St. in Scott’s Addition.

The building will take shape on a now-dormant site previously used by ETEC Mechanical and next door to Ardent Craft Ales, the brewery where Graf and Fultz have been serving their meats and sides every Saturday for the last year.

They’re close to inking the lease for the site, which will see its current building demolished to make way for a 3,200-square-foot restaurant, 2,500-square-foot patio and 1,000-square-foot smokehouse that can hold three smokers. Look for them, April 2017! Read the rest of the story, here.

Architects Chris Fultz and Alex Graf plan to construct the restaurant from scratch at 3201 W. Moore St. in Scott’s Addition. (Michael Schwartz)

Architects Chris Fultz and Alex Graf plan to construct the restaurant from scratch at 3201 W. Moore St. in Scott's Addition. (Michael Schwartz)