Jul 26, 2022 - Food and Drink

Richmond restaurant news: more ice cream and LGBTQ+ fun

A restaurant booth that says it's better in the back seat over it in neon.
Papi's restaurant opened June 30 in Shockoe Slip. Image courtesy of Papi's

Charm School is closing its OG Broad Street location in mid-August and moving to Scott's Addition, where it will focus on its wholesale business and not public scoops.

  • It expects to begin retail sales at the location by next summer.

Speaking of Southside soft serve, Zombie Pizza finally got its soft serve machine up and running.

Papi's ā€” a new Latin restaurant and nightclub that describes itself as "Sexy Miami-esque" and that caters to Richmond's LGBTQ+ community ā€” is now open in Shockoe Slip at 1407 E. Cary St., Style Weekly reports.

Also, ICYMI, Godfrey's, which was closed throughout the pandemic, officially reopened this month with a newly renovated dance floor, and just in time to celebrate its 25th anniversary of proudly serving Richmond's LGBTQ+ community.

Get Tight Lounge ā€” a restaurant and music venue from one of the En Su Boca owners and one of the Fuzzy Cactus owners ā€” is now open and serving American fare with a 1970s vibe in the former Roxy Cafe spot near VCU at 1104 W. Main St., per Richmond Magazine.

Chick-fil-A is opening a location in The James Center, in the former Arby's spot, Richmond BizSense reports. An opening date wasn't listed.

And the Stratford Hills Chick-fil-A, which has been closed for a full gut renovation since mid-April, is hoping to reopen in August.

A new entertainment venue with a six-concept food hall and beer garden (plus mini golf, duck bowling and like 12 other things) is in the works near The Diamond, per BizSense.

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