Gettin Famous Club

Corey and Jason biking on the Streets Alive Website

2014 0620 Streets Alive gettin famous

My birthday on the cover of Wine and Design

2014 0620 wine design gettin famous

Abernathy painting Foo Dog

Nate running in the Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4 Miler (left Middle, between the words ‘Union’ and ‘Corporate’)

2014 0620 corporate gettin famous


Other ways to get famous:

Local Famous

Top 40 under 40

Style Weekly

Richmond Magazine

One the TV

Richmond Times Dispatch

National Famous




Closed (2014) Brunch Places and New (2013) Restaurants.

All my favorite brunch places are closing!

* EVO (I heard about this ~ 2/23/2014) — it reopened as “Fancy Asian Gourmet” in May 2014

* Champs At Stony Point (and starbucks at Stony Point) and 10 other places at stony point??????  (I heard about this 2/23/2014)

* Pho So 1 (announced and hotly debated 2/26/2014

* Mint (Moving to the canal) (announced 2/27/2014


Also, here is my abbreviated list cut from Richmond’com’s list of restaurants that opened in 2013. I bolded restaurants that I actually knew about.

Restaurants the Opened (and Remained So) in 2013:

1. Dutch & Company
2. Casa Del Barco
3. Hurley’s Tavern
4. The Savory Grain
5. Le Crepe
6. Naked Onion
7. Veranda Ristorante
8. Carena’s Jamacian Grille
9. Pork Chops & Grits Cafe
10. Jorge’s Cantina
11. Evo Fine Sichuan Cuisine
12. Urban Farmhouse Midlothian
13. Chuy’s
14. Dinamo
15. Curry Craft
16. Unleashed Gourmet Hot Dogs
17. Portrait House
18. Pearl Raw Bar
19. Brookside Grill
20. Thirst and Fifth
21. BonChon
22. Mellow Mushroom 
23. Waffle House
24. Noodle and Co.
25. 304 Pizza Bar
26. Kitchen on Cary
27. Mona Lounge Cigar Bar
28. Haiku Sushi and Lounge
29. Boka Kantina
30. Viceroy
31. The Daily Kitchen & Bar
32. En Su Boca
33. Flatheads
34. Brew
35. Estilo
36. Sefton Coffee Co.
37. Southern Railway Taphouse
38. Social52
39. Divine
40. F.W. Sullivan’s Canal Bar & Grille
41. The Lair
42. Postbellum
43. Beagle’s BBQ
44. Burger Bach West Broad Village
45. Chow House Fine Grub
46. Max’s on Broad
47. The Cask Cafe
48. LEVEL Restaurant & Bar
49. Pesce & Vino
50. Society
51. Sweet Teas Southern Cuisine
52. Tazza Kitchen
53. Jimmy John’s (Shockoe Slip)
54. Big’s BBQ
55. American Tap Room
56. Zoup!
57. Cafe Verde
58. The Pig & Pearl


More information on the slow Death of Stony Point Fashion Park.

In the early 2000s, there was a huge fight between Forest City Enterprises and Taubman mall developers. Taubman bought Regency Square Mall in the late 1990s. When upstart developer Forest City  started attracting all kinds of high-end stores, Taubman declared war. Taubman funded litigation against Forest City which then delayed the opening of Short Pump Town Center for at least a year. Meanwhile, Taubman decided that to pretect his Regency investment, he would build his own deluxe open-air mall at the vacant Stony Point site he had rejected several years earlier. Both Malls opened in the Fall of 2003. analysts predicted that RVA could not support two high-end malls. They might have been right

–> Rival malls duke it out in Richmond (May 2002)
–> Mall Developers Fight Fiercely For Shrinking Amount of Turf (April 2002)
–> Why Taubman Turned Regency Square Over to its Lenders (Jan 2012)
–> Short Pump and Stony Point malls mark 10th anniversary (Sep 2013)
–> Mall’s performance slips as loan comes due (Jan 2014)
–> Stony Point Fashion Park being sold in $1.4B deal (Jun 2014)