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BizSense Beat: March 24, 2023

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BizSense Beat is a weekly collaboration between VPM News and Richmond BizSense that brings you the top business stories during NPR's Morning Edition on Fridays.

Here’s a recap of the top stories for the week of March 24, 2023:

Ms. Bee’s owner planning The Hive restaurant and market in old Saison spot
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Mike Platania

Saison’s old home has been snapped up by another local restaurateur. Brandi Battle-Brown, owner of Ms. Bee’s Juice Bar, is preparing to open The Hive Bar & Grill at 23 W. Marshall St. Saison and Saison Market had occupied the Jackson Ward space from 2012 until late last year. Battle-Brown has operated Ms. Bee’s along Brookland Park Boulevard in Northside since 2019 and added a second location at The Valentine museum in 2021. She said The Hive will use both the market and restaurant spaces that Saison had occupied.

Max’s on Broad restaurant to close, make way for new concept
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Mike Platania

A longtime Arts District restaurant is getting ready to undergo a transformation. Max’s on Broad at 305 Brook Road is preparing to close as owner RVA Hospitality makes way for a new concept in the space. Owner Liz Kincaid said she can’t yet disclose details of what will replace Max’s, but that the evolution of the surrounding neighborhood influenced the decision to shift gears.

Chesterfield begins demolition of Spring Rock Green ahead of ‘District 60’ redevelopment
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Jack Jacobs

The redevelopment of an aging shopping center in Chesterfield has hit its first major milestone. County officials held a ceremony Tuesday to mark the start of demolition of the Spring Rock Green shopping center on Midlothian Turnpike. The site is being cleared to make way for Springline at District 60, which is the newly unveiled name for the massive mixed-use development planned to fill the property.

Planning Commission delays vote on 260-unit Museum District Project
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Mike Platania

A development that would replace a derelict senior living facility in the Museum District with hundreds of apartments will have to wait a few more weeks before knowing whether it’ll get the city’s stamp of approval. The Richmond Planning Commission on Monday moved to delay a vote on a special-use permit for a 260-unit apartment building planned for 3600 Grove Ave.

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