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Diamond District Teams Analysis: From the Greater Scott’s Addition Association

In an effort to support the City’s Richmond 300 Plan, The Greater Scott’s Addition Association (GSAA) recently met with each of the three finalists for the Diamond District, the prime redevelopment site comprised of 67.57 acres bordered by I-64/I-95 and Arthur Ashe Boulevard. 16 GSAA board members took part in the presentations separately, for over an hour, allowing finalists to tell us why they were the best teams for this Richmond project. We are supportive of this project and want what’s best for the City.

The meetings were held on the following dates: 6/8/22 – RVA Diamond Partners, 6/10/22 – Richmond Community Development Partners, 7/12/22 – Vision 300 Partners. The GSAA notified all three teams that following their presentations the board would utilize anonymous ranked-choice voting to highlight who the board believes is best based on the GSAA’s key guiding themes.

After one round and 16 votes, RVA Diamond District Partners is the preferred of the group. 16 of twenty board members voted. The remaining four board members recused themselves due to ties to groups that participated in the RFP. The GSAA board presented this information to members of the City’s selection committee on July 21st.

See slides below for details and results.



*No board meetings/discussions had taken place in between hearing from the 3 finalists and voting.

Three Notch’d Brewing Company Expands their RVA Collab House with Pizza Concept

Three Notch’d Brewing announced the expansion of their Scott’s Addition location to include a pizza centric restaurant. The brewery acquired the former wine shop on Broad Street and pizza kitchen next door, giving the team an opportunity to combine the spaces and increase the brand’s presence in this coveted neighborhood. The restaurant will soon be open for dinner, and expanding to new lunch hours in early August.

The menu features a menu full of creative full menu of pizzas, salads, sandwiches and appetizers, Patrick Carroll, Executive Chef for Three Notch’d, noted “We are able to bring all the quality and expertise from our craft kitchens in Charlottesville, Virginia Beach and Roanoke, while bringing something new to complement our really innovative locally made beer.” 

In addition to the food concept, the Three Notch’d team hired nationally renowned local muralist Nico Cathcart to design and paint two new murals inside the brewery and restaurant.  

Three Notch’d operates five venues throughout Virginia, including production HQ and brewpub in Charlottesville, brewpubs in Virginia Beach and Roanoke, a collab houses in Harrisonburg and a new brewery and distillery concept sitting on 13 acres in Nellysford, opening early 2023. 

Buskey Cider Buys Building in Scott’s Addition, Richmond’s Popular Craft Beverage Neighborhood

Will and Elle Correll in front of Richmond cidery Buskey Cider building

After six years of business, Buskey Cider has exercised its purchase option and bought its building in Scott’s Addition from Charlie Diradour of Lion’s Paw Development. Scott’s Addition is some of the hottest real estate on the east coast with world class craft alcohol producers, new apartments going up everywhere and a constantly evolving dining and entertainment scene. Buskey Cider is a Richmond cidery owned and operated by a young couple, Will and Elle Correll.  This building purchase is both one of the most exciting things they have done in their cider journey and also somewhat scary as pulling together even the down payment was a stretch.  

 

8 years ago Will Correll, founder of Buskey Cider, was 24 and had been searching for a home for his hard cider startup for a couple of years.  Will was working to open Buskey on a shoestring budget and had visited close to 100 warehouses trying to find a good fit.  Will recognized the potential for Scott’s Addition to become a hot beverage neighborhood but most landlords in the neighborhood were not willing to take a risk on a young unproven entrepreneur.  Buskey’s fortunes changed on November 24, 2014 when Gray Gilchrist, who worked for Colliers at the time, introduced Will to Charlie Diradour of Lion’s Paw Development.  

 

“I remember standing out front of the building after a quick tour and Charlie surprised me by offering me the keys on a handshake agreement.  Without a building it was very hard to share my vision for Buskey but as soon as I had those keys all of the pieces started falling into place.”  said Will Correll.  

 

A college dorm room cider project would soon be the first cidery Scott’s Addition, which would become arguably the hottest craft beverage neighborhood on the east coast.  In addition to the excitement of finally having a great space to launch the cidery, the lease came with a purchase option.  This Richmond cidery would have the opportunity to operate long-term and even own a building in the neighborhood it would help to put on the map.  

 

Over the years Buskey has added tanks, upgraded equipment, remodeled bathrooms, painted murals, produced hundreds of thousands of gallons of cider and welcomed countless cider drinkers to its tasting room.  

 

While the last couple years have been a real struggle and Buskey’s business is still far off pace of historic numbers due to Covid-19, buying the building was an exciting step in ensuring the cidery will be here for the better days ahead. The purchase of their building in Scott’s Addition is a major step toward increasing and maintaining their presence in Richmond and throughout the Commonwealth.

 

About Buskey Cider 

Buskey Cider opened in April 2016 in the popular craft beverage neighborhood of Scott’s Addition in Richmond, Virginia, and has since expanded into their second outpost ‘Buskey Cider on the Bay’ located in scenic Cape Charles. Made from 100% Fresh Pressed Virginia apples, this Richmond cidery focuses on semi-sweet and drier ciders with a wide range of creative infusions and barrel products. Buskey is one of most innovative cideries in the country but is also loved for its classic refreshing apple only ciders. Buskey provides home delivery via www.buskeycider.com in addition to distribution across Virginia to bars and restaurants. Follow Buskey Cider for updates on social media: @buskeycider on Instagram and https://www.facebook.com/BuskeyCider on Facebook. #getbuskey

Two acre winery, restaurant set to open today in Scott’s Addition

Today, urban winery Brambly Park will make its debut in Scott’s Addition, the neighborhood known for its breweries and warehouses. The establishment flanks the railroad tracks in the historic neighborhood and will feature an event space, restaurant, a large park-like area, and a 3,000 sq ft covered and heated patio.

The venture is led by the same duo behind the Hofheimer Building and The HofGarden rooftop. Restaurateur Bobby Kruger and his business partner, real estate developer, Carter Snipes conceived the idea after seeing the property and realizing the potential to create a one of a kind park in a former industrial area.

“We saw the property with its pine trees and grass hill and immediately knew this could be something different for Scott’s Addition,” said Snipes.

Their team includes Winemaker Ben Nichols, who previously worked for Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn and Executive Chef Wyatt Swaney, who previously worked at Aloi in Scott’s Addition. Kruger, a seasoned Richmond restaurant veteran, really wanted to bring a winery concept with a broader more laid back appeal to Scott’s Addition.

“We knew from the start we wanted to be wine-focused,” explained Kruger, “but the key was to have an avant-garde winemaker in order for the concept to really shine. When we met Ben it quickly became apparent that we had found someone that excelled at sourcing high-quality unfinished products and turning it into exceptional wine.”

The Wine

The first batch of Brambly Park’s own vintage won’t come out until harvest season so Kruger traveled to Oregon, California, and several vineyards in Virginia to find winemakers who could help craft the first labels and blends.

Virginia favorite Michael Shaps of Wineworks Virginia quickly signed up to produce a dry Rose’ for the venture. Wooden Valley Vineyard, an 85-year old family estate in

California, produced the Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Walnut City Wineworks, in Oregon, joined on to produce Riesling and Pinot Noir.

“We’ll work with these partner vineyards and others to bring in grapes and juice for wine that will be produced at Brambly Park under our Scott’s Addition Reserve label,” said Kruger. “After harvest season, we’ll grow beyond the initial six labels with the Virginia grapes our winemaker has sourced for our small batch series. We are excited to showcase these growers and vintners and their amazing products.

The Food

The menu will feature foods that traditionally pair well with wine, with a focus on Italian cuisine. Housemade pasta, charcuterie, cheese, and a variety of baked items are emphasized on both the restaurant menu and the park menu, with the restaurant menu having a larger selection of entrees and the park menu having a larger selection of small plates.

“We have this great interior space and also a large property that lends itself to outdoor dining so we wanted to lean into the versatility of this location and the different ways people would want to enjoy their time at Brambly Park.”

The Park

The property is located in the far northwest corner of Scott’s Addition on almost two acres nestled against the railroad at 1708 Belleville Street. It features a small grass hill and a charming wooded picnic area and is surrounded by wild-growing bramble bushes from which the name was inspired. A large steel pavilion was added to the existing building and designed to resemble a railroad station platform. The inside is decorated with rustic furniture, reclaimed wood, and vintage railroad signage. There over 100 tables spread out across the spacious property, as well as a large parking lot.