Apr 11, 2024 - Food and Drink

2 Richmond food spots were robbed this week

An empty restaurant bar

JewFro's formerly fully stock bar. Image: Courtesy of JewFro

JewFro restaurant in Shockoe Bottom is in recovery mode after a break-in Tuesday night cleared its entire liquor inventory and broke the front door.

The big picture: The Jewish-African fusion concept opened in late 2021 at 1721 E. Franklin St., Richmond's oldest continuously operating commercial building spot.

The age of the building, coupled with occasional vandalism and theft of decorative objects, are among the challenges they've faced in their 2.5 years in business, they wrote in a social media post.

  • With the latest incident, they're now feeling "violated and betrayed" as they try to clean up and tally up the damage.
  • The loss is probably around $5,000 in total, co-owner Nar Hovnanian tells Axios.

Why it matters: You can help. JewFro is still open for business as they clean up and could use a little local love.

  • They're asking locals to pop by for a visit, maybe to order something, but even if it's just to share a smile and a hello.
  • That too would go a long way to help them heal, they wrote.
  • There's also a GoFundMe, but they exceeded their goal within the first few hours of posting.

Separately, Daily Coffee Company — a mobile coffee truck that was about to launch its roving baked goods and coffee service — had its truck stolen this week.

  • They recovered their bright yellow bus the day after it was stolen from the Byrd Park area, but not before it was vandalized and stripped of all its coffee equipment.
  • The owners are currently assessing the damages and say they'll share more soon.
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