Empire officially falls

Empire is for sale.

Yesterday, we shared the news of Jorge’s Cantina bidding adieu. Today, we learn Empire (727 W. Broad St.) is closing for good. The bar/restaurant had shut its doors on October 7th with the hope it would figure out financing and re-open. That didn’t happen. Now it’s for sale.

Also, once again, it’s Richmond BizSense.com that has the details:

LeVesque said he couldn’t attract enough VCU students away from nearby chains.

“The competition is overwhelmingly corporate,” LeVesque said. “If you don’t appeal to the young students that walk through that area, you won’t stay open.”

Empire is across the street from a Chipotle and a Panera Bread, and just a block away from Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Jersey Mike’s Subs locations.

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Richard Hayes

When Richard isn’t rounding up neighborhood news, he’s likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest craft beer.

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