Portrait House closing doors in December, owner says new concept in works for space

Both the current restaurant space and Nile Ethiopian Cuisine have new concepts in the works, owner Hamooda Shami says.

Carytown restaurant and bar Portrait House announced on its Facebook page late Monday evening that the establishment will be closing its doors on Sunday, December 13th.

The statement reads, in full:

As some of you may have already heard, Portrait House will be closing next month. It’s been a nice run, but the time is right for us to move on. We can’t thank everyone enough for all of your support from the day we opened our doors.

For whatever reason, it’s become standard procedure to make such announcements only after the actual closing day. Call us sentimental, but we’d prefer to give our crew and our customers a chance to say goodbye to a place that gave us so many great (albeit hazy) memories.

Stay tuned to this page for more info on Nile Ethiopian Cuisine’s next project and the new concept coming to this space. We’ll also be doing a ton of absurd specials in our closing weeks, leading up to our last day on Sunday, December 13. Hope to see everyone until then!

No word yet on the concept which will take the place of the current restaurant, or plans for Nile Ethiopian Cuisine. Owner Hamooda Shami, who also owns nearby restaurants New York Deli and Don’t Look Back, opened Portrait House in 2013.

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Trevor Dickerson

Trevor Dickerson loves all things Richmond and manages RVANews’ West of the Boulevard and West End community sites.

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