Food hall opening in Scott's Addition with 18 vendors, two bars, a rooftop bar - and The Veil Brewing Co. taproom
October 03, 2019
A new food hall - the first in Richmond - is opening in Scott's Addition sometime next year and The Veil Brewing Co. will move its Scott's Addition taproom into that space when it opens.
Neighborhood Restaurant Group, an Alexandria-based restaurant group, announced this week The Belleville - a 25,000 square foot space in the works at 1509 Belleville St. that will feature roughly 18 food vendors, The Veil's taproom and three bars - one of which will sit on the building's rooftop.
Neighborhood Restaurant Group owns and operates 18 restaurants throughout D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia - including Birch & Barley, Red Apron, Iron Gate and the soon-top-open on Capitol Hill The Roost food hall.
“Having spent a great deal of time in Richmond, I’ve long been drawn to the energy and excitement happening in Scott’s Addition," Michael Babin, founder and principal of Neighborhood Restaurant Group, wrote in a statement. "Opportunities to plant the first food hall in a major city like this don’t come along every day – that, coupled with the opportunity to work with The Veil makes this project too good to be true.”
The Veil Brewing Co. will move its Scott's Addition taproom from 1301 Roseneath Rd. to The Belleville when it opens in 2020.
Co-owners Dustin Durrance, Dave Michelow and Matt Tarpey opened The Veil Brewing Co. at it current location in April 2016 in a 11,000-square-foot building that previously housed a church. The Veil quickly became a brewery that attracted beer enthusiasts from up and down the East Coast with locals and visitors coming for their "hop-forward" brews and weekly Tuesday can releases. The Veil has won a variety of accolades from industry publications and insiders, including being called one of the best new breweries in the world and one of the best in America.
"This has been under wraps for awhile," Michelow said of the move to a new space. "The genesis is that we needed more room in production. We all stay in one office with 12 to14 full time people working in one space. It gets cramped."
Michelow said they've been searching for the right space for expansion for two years and were thrilled to be able to partner with Neighborhood Restaurant Group on the project. The restaurant group specializes in beer-focused restaurants and its restaurants were the first and thus-far only in the D.C.-area that serves The Veil beers on tap.
“The Veil and NRG have had a mutual admiration for each other, bonding over a broader approach to beverage, food and hospitality,” Greg Engert, Neighborhood Restaurant Group's partner-beer director wrote. “We’ve been plotting ways to work together for some time, outside of proudly pouring The Veil at many of our restaurants."
Once The Veil transitions its taproom to the Belleville food hall it will begin production expansion in The Roseneath space, in part to help ramp up production for the two other breweries it has in the works.
The Veil announced last year it was bringing a small-batch brewery and tasting room to 4910-4930 Forest Hill Ave., which is expected to open next year, and a brewpub in Norfolk, which is expected to open the second weekend in November. Both will have on-site food options, a rarity for breweries, which usually rely on on-site food trucks to provide food options for brewery-visitors. In Norfolk, The Veil is working with Codex, chef Ian Hock's acclaimed two-year-old Norfolk restaurant, to create a "kind of slimmed down restaurant menu," Michelow said.
The Veil's Norfolk spot will be "kind of a modern brewpub," Michelow said, similar to what's in the works in The Hill Standard development in Forest Hill where The Veil is partnering with Richmond's Pepe's Mexican restaurant to create a menu exclusive to that location.
Having on-site restaurants at all of its breweries, as will be the case in 2020, wasn't intentional, Michelow said. "It turned out that way," he said, but they knew going into Forest Hill and Norfolk that they wanted to be very specific with the food concepts to complement the beer selection.
The food vendors haven't been announced for The Belleville project; Neighborhood Restaurant Group will lead the curation of those vendors "largely selected from the dynamic Richmond dining scene, with a few outlets highlighting some of the best and most innovative chefs in the country," according to a news release. It will also manage the events and operations of the space, as well as two cocktail and wine-focused bars, plus the rooftop bar.
The Belleville space is at the corners of Belleville and Moore streets, a block west of The Dairy Bar. "It’s the western-most street or boundary in Scott’s Addition," Michelow said.
Neighborhood Restaurant Group and The Veil are working with Richmond architecture firm Fultz & Singh and Richmond-based developers Birck Turnbull and Charles Bice — the duo behind High Summit Partners — to renovate The Belleville space. High Summit Partners also worked on The Veil's original Roseneath location and are the developers on the Forest Hill project. According to property records, High Summit Partners closed on the Belleville building in February.
There isn't an opening date yet for The Belleville, though Michelow said summer 2020 would be ideal.
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