RICHMOND. Va. (WRIC) - Revitalization along the Route 60/Chippenham Parkway corridor is getting a major boost this month after an unexpected setback last year.
A fire broke out at Carena's Jamaican Grille on August 25, forcing it to close just a couple of months after construction wrapped up at its new location. "We had to take all the construction down to studs because there was so much damage," says owner Carena Ives.
Next week, though, her restaurant is reopening, renewing her investment in the area that some called an eyesore not long ago. "We're in 100%. Even before anyone thought this was a worthwhile location, we looked at it and I just thought this was the place to be."
Carena's reopening comes at a time when more projects are underway. A Starbucks and Chipotle are going up, and there are plans to break ground on new apartments across the street in just a few weeks.
Chesterfield County welcomes the additions and welcomes back Carena's. "Customers who come here for lunch or dinner can then shop on both sides of the street," says Garrett Hart, Assistant Director of Economic Development.
After months of rebuilding, Ives is eager to put it behind her and push forward with neighboring businesses in place. "We want people to think of this location as the place to come. We want them to put this in their GPS. This is a part of the community. This is a vital part of the community."
Carena's Jamaican Grille reopens on April 7. To show her commitment to the community, Ives is hosting a benefit on April 10 for Hilliard House, a nonprofit that helps homeless women and their children.
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