Four new restaurants and a fifth on the way!

This week in Richmond’s FOUR new restaurants opened or relaunched. Time to make some reservations!

After diligently renovating their (beautiful) new space in Carytown, The Daily Kitchen & Bar finally opened on Monday. They’ve got a pretty great mission statement, so I’ll let it speak for the new spot:

We strive to serve foods that are not only delicious but also health conscious, environmentally friendly, and socially responsible. We use organic, all natural, local, and sustainable ingredients as much as possible while still keeping our prices fair. In addition, we also offer an extensive selection of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free items (PDF).

The Daily Kitchen & Bar is part of the Richmond Restaurant Group which includes, Water Grill, Pearl, The Hill Cafe, and a couple of other Richmond staples.

The Daily is open…daily…from 5:30 PM – 2:00 AM.

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After closing for a quick second, Mint relaunches tonight as Mint Gastropub. They’ll have a new logo, a new menu, and some changes in the atmosphere as well. According to owner Amy Ayers, you can expect some of the old familiars but with a new twist. And guys, don’t forget that Food Network Star contestant Malcolm Mitchell heads up the kitchen! Check out the menu here (PDF).

Mint Gastropub’s new hours (which start Monday, July 22nd) will be:

  • Monday – Thursday: 4:00 – 10:00 PM
  • Friday and Saturday: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM

They’ll serve brunch beginning July 27th from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

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This past weekend, The Viceroy opened in the old Cafe Diem spot at 600 N. Sheppard Street. The partners involved also own Banditos and Caliente, so they’ve already got a pretty solid hold on Devil’s Triangle. They’ll focus on bringing a more upscale dining experience to the area and will also offer a ton of draft beers.

The Viceroy’s hours are:

  • Monday – Friday, 11:00 – 2:00 AM
  • Saturday – Sunday, 10:00 – 2:00 AM.

Check out the menu on their website.

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Remember the Mediterranean Bistro at 2301 W. Main Street? Well it’s Mediterranean no longer! They’ve shuffled partners, renamed, rebranded, and remenued and are now Luckie’s Bar & Grill. has some more on the tentative menu here.

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A couple of weeks ago Avalon’s owners announced they’d be temporarily closing their doors and reopening with a new concept after some renovations. Well, they not only have a new concept, but a new name: Social52 Kitchen and Craft Bar. Details are scarce, but keep your eye on their Facebook page and website (which is counting down to an opening date of August 8th).

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Ross Catrow

Founder and publisher of RVANews.

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