Apr 24, 2024 - Food and Drink

Texas Inn is open and two other new Richmond restaurants to try this week

The outside of the Texas Inn, a white and blue building

The Texas Inn is now open in for the former Izzy's Kitchen in the Museum District. Photo: Sabrina Moreno/Axios

It's been a red hot week for Richmond restaurant openings, so let's just dive in.

Why it matters: There are delicious new eats now available in Richmond.

Texas Inn — the Richmond outpost of the Lynchburg-based Virginia diner chain — opened Monday in the former Izzy's Kitchen spot at 2901 Park Ave.

  • The T-Room, as regulars call it, opened its first location in 1935 and now has four locations around the state. Richmond ad guy Dave Saunders bought the restaurants in 2018 and brought a location home with him.
  • The classic diner-style restaurant is famous for its Cheesy Westerns, a cheeseburger topped with a fried egg and Monster Fries — fries, topped with chili and cheese.
  • Texas Inn is open Tuesday through Sunday at 8am with late night hours Wednesday through Saturday.
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Smoke & Barrel is now open in the Fan. Photo: Sabrina Moreno/Axios

Smoke & Barrel opened last week in the former Lady N'Awlins space at 2329 W. Main St.

  • The first-time restaurant from pals and local bartenders Kevin Sheffield, Jordan Noble and Joseph Hadad serves up craft cocktails and Southern fare nightly beginning at 4pm, plus weekend brunch.
  • Highlights from the menu include brisket carbonara ($19) and pork ribeye and grits ($19), per the Times-Dispatch.

Finally, chef David Dunlap of Midlothian Chef's Kitchen, opened his second Chesterfield restaurant — 1870, a French-inspired steakhouse at 13310 Midlothian Turnpike.

  • Steaks start at $32 with a la carte sides $6-$11; appetizers pork chops, salmon, chicken round out the menu.
  • But don't sleep on the bar-only happy hour menu, available weekdays from 4-6pm. Snacks are $8 each or three for $20, plus $5 wine and beer and $6 cocktails.
  • 1870, which is named for the year its historic building was built, is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
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