FoodE Moving to National Bank Building
Update, July 2016: FoodE Prepares to Open in the Historic National Bank Building
Downtown Fredericksburg’s popular FoodE restaurant is moving to the historic National Bank Building effective July 2016.
Local developer Mike Adams, who purchased the property in 2015, made the announcement with FoodE co-owners Joy Crump and Beth Black during the Fredericksburg Department of Economic Development and Tourism’s Commercial Realtors and Property Managers meeting on May 11, 2016. Crump and Black are co-owners of the building with Adams.
“Our relationship started several years ago, and we just started talking and planning about getting them into a bigger and better space,” Adams said.
“Mike has been an incredible mentor to us for years and years,” Black said.
FoodE’s new space, housed on the first floor of the historic building at 900 Princess Anne St., will include seating for 90, a bar, bank-vault dining, a private dining room, and a large kitchen. Local designer Jackie Payne is repurposing the former teller booths into banket seating. Black said they are hiring local craftspeople and artisans for the wood tables and art. The building’s millwork, plaster and woodwork are being restored, and ADA accessibility is being added.
“The increased space will enable our chefs to use their skills and creativity in ways they haven’t before,” said Executive Chef Crump. The kitchen at FoodE’s current location at 1006 Caroline St. is above the dining area, accessible only by a flight of outdoor stairs, and about the size of a large banquet table. The larger space will enable the restaurant to expand its menu. “We will also be changing our hours to be open more,” Black said.
“Fredericksburg has allowed us to mold our brand presence, and this is a great opportunity for us to put into play all the recommendations we’ve had from our guests,” Crump said.
“It really made sense for us to do this together with Mike,” Crump said. “We have the expertise of operating a restaurant, and Mike has the understanding of owning, renovating and occupying a historic building.”
Mercantile, Crump and Black’s other Fredericksburg restaurant at 205 William St., will remain in operation, continuing its focus on breakfast and lunch.
The second floor of the National Bank Building is being renovated to become the offices for Adams’ JON Properties.
NBB, a division of Adams’ JON Properties, purchased the National Bank Building and the adjacent property on George St. for $1.6 million. Adams’ plan to build seven, four-story townhouses in the 300 block of George Street is currently involved in litigation with the city.
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