#NowOpen: Businesses reopening in the Richmond area and Central Virginia

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VIRGINIA (WRIC) — Many businesses in the Richmond are and Central Virginia are getting ready to reopen under Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s ‘Forward Virginia Phase 1’ requirements.

During Phase One:

  • Personal grooming businesses open by appointment only. Social distancing and face coverings will be required at salons.
  • Non-essential retailers open at 50 percent capacity.
  • Restaurants and breweries only allowed to seat people outdoors, also at 50 percent capacity.
  • According to Gov. Northam, “bar areas” will remain closed.
  • Take out and delivery services are encouraged.

Here’s a list of businesses, restaurants, entertainment venues and more opening on Friday, May 15, or as otherwise noted. On Thursday, Gov. Ralph Northam excluded the City of Richmond from the first phase of reopening.


Bartizan – Glen Allen
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Limited seating, reservations accepted.

Bell Greek – Midlothian
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Saturday, May 16.

The Boathouse – Sunday Park (Chesterfield), City Point (Hopewell)
Hours: Friday through Sunday, May 17, 5 to 11 p.m. Hours thereafter TBD. Reservations only. Ordering on site using your mobile device.

Burger Bach – Midlothian and Short Pump
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Capital Ale House – Innsbrook and Midlothian
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Casa del Barco Chesterfield Town Center and Short Pump
Hours: Friday through Sunday, May 17, 5 to 11 p.m. Hours thereafter TBD. Reservations only. Ordering on site using your mobile device.

Chuy’s Midlothian and Short Pump
– Short Pump hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Saturday
– Midlothian hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Saturday

Dalia’s Dulceria y Paleteria Michoacana

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Grapevine Restaurant – Henrico
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4-9 p.m. Sunday.

Howlett’s Restaurant & Tavern – Chester
Hours: Monday through Saturday, noon to 8 p.m. Reservations preferred, call 804-930-1034. Walk-ins seated on a limited basis based on availability. Parties up to six accepted.

Island Shrimp Company – Midlothian
Reservations only. Ordering on site using your mobile device.

Mellow MushroomMidlothian and Short Pump
– Short Pump hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Disposable menus. First come, first served and guests will wait in their car until a patio table is ready.
– Midlothian hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Roma Ristorante Italiano – Henrico
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Customers encouraged to wear masks. Disposable containers, cups and utensils.

The Peanut Store – Mechanicsville
Hours: 1 to 7 p.m. every day.

Sedona Taphouse – Midlothian
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Reservation-only patio seating. Call 804-379-0037 for reservations. One hour and 15 minute time limit per visit. Servers wearing face masks and paper menus for guests.

Sunset Grill – Goochland
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

T.G.I. Fridays – All area locations
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Wood & Iron Gameday Restaurant & Bar – Chesterfield
Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Thursday. 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday. Patio seating.


Center of the Universe Brewing – Ashland
Hours: Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests 21 and over allowed. No pets. Check in with a hostess, tables are first come, first served. Credit card and gift cards only. No cash. Masks encouraged.

Intermission Beer Company – Glen Allen
Hours: Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, 3 to 5 p.m. Patio seating for customers only, ages 21+. No children or dogs. Masks required for restroom use. Disposable cups used. Use of own lawn chair in order to spread out allowed. No parties of 10 or more.

Kindred Spirit Brewing – Goochland
Hours: Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

Midnight Brewery – Rockville
Hours: Friday, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Trapezium Brewing Company – Petersburg
Hours: Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Single-use menus. Groups limited to ten people or less. Credit card payments preferred.


Chesterfield Town Center
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Penelope – All locations
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sew My Monogram
Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Saturday

Shoe City
All Shoe City locations except the one on Southside Plaza will reopen.

Spotsylvania Towne Center
Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Utmost Co.
Hours: Noon to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

Hanover Habitat Restore

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tysons Corner Mall

Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.


ACAC – All locations
Outdoor classes with ten or fewer participants. Outdoor pool open for lap swimming. Outdoor rooftop cafe in Short Pump and poolside cafes in Midlothian and Charlottesville open with limited seating capacity and services. Starting on May 18, preschool opens in Charlottesville and pre-summer camp opens in Richmond and Charlottesville.

Virginia State Parks – Locations vary
Group sizes limited to ten people. Social distancing in place. Guests should check the Virginia State Parks website prior to traveling to a park since not all parks will be opening the same amenities at the same time. Opening May 14: trails for hiking, biking and equestrian use; boat ramps; picnic tables and grills. Opening Memorial Day weekend: restrooms, campgrounds (except for Twin Lakes State Park); cabins and yurts; boat and bike rentals; chairlift at Natural Tunnel State Park (limited schedule).

YMCA of Greater Richmond – Some locations
Outdoor exercise only. Thirty-minute classes, reservations required. Only 9 people per class plus the instructor, each spaced 10 feet apart. Some classes designated for seniors and people in a high-risk health category. Outdoor pools open for lap swimming on May 18, reservations required.

Gold’s Gym — some loactions
Gold’s Gym locations at Gayton, Westchester, West End, Arboretum, will begin hosting online workouts starting May 15. Check out their class schedule for more information.

James River CrossFit – Chesterfield
The gym will begin outside classes for existing members on March 17. They will begin accepting new memberships on May 25.

Local Government

City of Hopewell, DMV Select services
Reopening May 18. The offices have been relocated to the ground floor of the Municipal Building at 300 N. Main Street in the lobby of the former Police Station.   

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Nine locations open for select services starting on May 18. Visitors should schedule appointments online and visit the DMV’s website for a list of services and locations.

If your business is reopening, please send us an email at webteam@wric.com to be added to this list.

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