Urban Farmhouse opening W. Broad, VCU location

Soon another dining option with a local flavor will open on Broad.

W. Broad Street near VCU over the past few years has transformed itself into a food and retail destination. The balance between chains and local is always precarious but the owners of Urban Farmhouse hope that local resonates with students and residents. The new location hopes to be open in about two months before spring semester ends. This will be the fourth Urban Farmhouse in the Richmond area.

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An Urban Farmhouse is slated to open at 800 W. Broad St. near Virginia Commonwealth University’s Monroe Park campus.

For the brand’s fifth location in four years, owner Kathleen Richardson has a 10-year lease for a 1,381-square-foot space on the Broad Street property’s first floor. Richardson said she hopes to open the new store before the end of VCU’s spring semester.

“I think we resonate with sort of that college crowd,” Richardson said. “They’re really on the forefront of eating local and sustainably grown and all the things we stand for.”

Urban Farmhouse sells coffee and salad, soups, sandwiches and other light fare. Its menu changes in accordance with the company’s efforts to buy seasonal products.

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