The new Buddy's Place at 600 N. Sheppard St. opens on Thursday (Jan. 15) and it looks like owner Marian Dealto meant what she said when she said there will be a new menu for the spot.
It's a whole new menu thanks to executive chef Carly Herring.
Yep, Buddy's hired an executive chef. A good one.
Herring has led the kitchens at C'est Le Vin, The Dining Room at the Berkley Hotel, the Empress and The Republic and now she's taking her talent to Buddy's.
She said the menu is her twist on traditional American bar fare.
"[The new menu] is pretty similar to the old menu in that it’s app heavy and sandwich heavy, but everything is made from scratch."
Highlights include Stuffed Jalapeños ($7.50), filled with cheddar cream cheese and bacon wrapped and Herring's award-wining "Pterodactyl Wings" for $9.
Oh, and check out happy hour here.
Previous from Jan. 5:
Sunday was the last day for Buddy's Place at 325 N. Robinson St.
After more than 30 years, the restaurant is moving to the former The Viceroy space at 600 N. Sheppard St.
The grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 15.
Charlie Diradour, president of Lion's Paw Development, which owns the Robinson Street property, said he's narrowed down the future tenants for the Robinson Street space to two final contenders.
"I can't tell you who it is," Diradour said, "but both are well-respected restaurant people in the metro Richmond-area."
Diradour said he's standing by his initial announcement that the new restaurant on Robinson will be food-focused over drink-focused.
"I’ve been criticized on social media for saying that a restaurant focus is the way to go with this location," he said, "but that 30-year-old trend [of bars] is not viable any longer. Not in the interior of the Fan District."
Diradour said he hopes to have a new tenant finalized this month.
Previous from Oct. 23:
It's probably been the worst kept secret in Richmond dining these past few weeks, but now it's official - Buddy's Place is moving into the former The Viceroy space at 600 N. Sheppard St.
"It is official - we are going to Viceroy," Buddy's co-owner Marian Dealto said. "I don’t have an opening date yet. This just happened."
The Viceroy closed a few weeks ago after just over year in business.
The lease for Buddy's Place at 325 N. Robinson St. expires at the end of January 2015 and everyone's been eager to see what will become of the space and Buddy's.
The restaurant was first reported to be moving out at the end of January 2012, but a Facebook campaign to "Save Buddy's" bought the restaurant three more years on its lease.
Marian Dealto and her husband Mike have owned Buddy's Place at 325 N. Robinson St. for 32 years. They bought it in 1982 from the restaurant's namesake "Buddy."
"I'm thrilled," Marian said of the move to The Viceroy spot. "We’re looking forward to being in Devil’s Triangle."
Marian said the plan for the new Buddy's is a menu revamp, a new emphasis of craft beer (the new space has 21 taps, up from their current 8) and, possibly, down the road, a rooftop bar.
And don't worry, Buddy's regulars - the buffalo is coming. As are most of the interior pictures. Marian said she plans to keep the flavor of Buddy's in the new space.
Marian said Buddy's will likely stay in its Robinson Street home through Christmas. She's not speculating on an opening date for the Museum District spot yet, but said they'll be lucky to be open in the new spot by year-end.
“I am so happy for Mike and Marian that they found a place,” Charlie Diradour, president of Lion's Paw Development, which owns the Robinson Street property, said.
“If you don’t think I’m a bit misty eyed, you’re wrong," he said of Buddy's move. "I had my fair share of times in my 20s, especially when it snowed, when I had good times at Buddy’s."
As for the future of 325 N. Robinson St., Diradour said he's "currently talking to three restaurant tenants and negotiations are fluid."
“I can promise the neighbors this: it won’t look anything like Buddy’s – it will be gut job from stem to stern, when it happens,” Diradour said.
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