The future of Davis & Main remains uncertain

I spoke with owner Robert Nolan about the sudden closure of the restaurant late this afternoon. His vague answers inspire little hope for the restaurant’s future.

The makeshift sign reads “Closed Today,” but a Fan restaurant’s future remains much more uncertain. I frowned as I peeked through the glass of Davis & Main. The restaurant was dark and chairs were methodically upended on tables. I knocked on the front glass and a middle-aged man emerged.

Owner Robert Nolan, who wears a kempt salt-and-pepper beard, was both reticent and slightly despondent when I spoke to him this afternoon shortly after 3pm outside his restaurant.

He’s been actively pursuing selling the restaurant, which he has owned since 2002. Davis & Main will remain closed through the weekend so that Nolan can perform light upkeep on the space. When I inquired about the restaurant’s plans for the immediate future, he remarked that Davis & Main may open on Monday. It may not. He told me that this was not the first time that he had closed the restaurant, a furlough of sorts. When I asked as to his specific reasons: saving money, staffing issues, etc. he nodded and said “all of them.”

The ambiguity of his remarks makes me wonder as to the certitude of Davis & Main’s future.

We’ll continue to follow and update this story as it develops.

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Nathan Cushing

Nathan Cushing is a writer, journalist, and RVANews Editor.

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