We got an update on the new restaurant going into the space that housed the old Joy Garden at 2918 W. Broad Street. Mike Ledesma’s restaurant, Perch, is set to open in February 2018.
Ledesma plans to serve up Pacific-inspired dishes and Virginia comfort foods big on southern hospitality. Ledesma explains his restaurant will be a place where people can come and “perch” and not feel rushed to dine.
Ledesma’s Filipino heritage will serve as inspiration for the restaurant’s menu that will include flatbreads, whole-roasted fish prepared in a wood-burning oven, along with other traditional foods like lumpia and pork barbecue.
The building itself will be a combination of sleek and modern with 148-seats, a bar, a lounge, two private dining areas, an enclosed patio and a chef’s table that will have a pre-fixed tasting menu ranging from six to 12 courses. Guests can sit there by reservation only.
Ledesma has made a name for himself in the restaurant scene. His resume boasts work at Roy’s restaurants, West Virginia’s Greenbrier Resort, and Woodberry Kitchen. In Richmond, he opened The Hard Shell and Max’s on Broad and revamped the menu at Patina. He’s also served as corporate chef for the Richmond Restaurant Group, focusing on menus, development and training culinary teams.
Perch is Ledesma’s first solo restaurant opening.
Photo: Mike Ledesma. Credit: Jess Aicholtz