Good news everyone! There’s a brand new music venue coming to Richmond.
Rand Burgess, owner of The Camel, Lucas Fritz, The Camel’s Events Manager and Matt McDonald of Joe’s Inn are opening a new restaurant and music venue called The Broadberry, located at 2729 W. Broad St., the former home to NU Nightclub. The space was also known as Much More and The Cellar Door, both of which were important to Richmond’s music scene. The location was a popular teen hangout in the 1980s, drawing such nationally known acts as the Ramones, Pat Benatar, Berlin and John Prine.
From the press release:
The current owner of The Camel on Broad Street, teaming up with Lucas Fritz, The Camel’s Events Manager, and Matt McDonald of Joe’s Inn, is set to open a concert and special events venue at 2729 W. Broad Street. The Broadberry is scheduled to open in April 2014 where it will hold performances and events accommodating 350 tickets while offering a full service bar and kitchen.
In addition to concerts, The Broadberry will house a full service restaurant. Executive chef Xavier Beverly, also the executive chef at The Camel, will be teaming up with Matt McDonald of Joe’s Inn, to develop The Broadberry’s menu. Xavier brings experience from his work with Zeus Gallery and Live to Eat Catering. The venue will provide a full menu from the kitchen during all business hours.
The Broadberry’s grand opening will be Thursday, April 17 with No BS Brass Band, Black Girls and Goldrush and on Saturday, April 19 with the Former Champions, the Silo Effect, Polychrons and a special guest.
I cannot wait to see what Rand Burgess has in store for this place. It’s exciting to see the Richmond music scene grow for a change. Check back here for more details.