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BizSense Beat: July 21, 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 July 21, 2023:

And Dim Sum planned for former Max’s on Broad space in Arts District
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Mike Platania

After a false start nearly 10 years ago, the owner of a local restaurant group looks set to finally open a dim sum restaurant, this time in the Arts District.

RVA Hospitality is planning to open And Dim Sum in the former Max’s on Broad space at 305 Brook Road, according to city documents.

Max’s on Broad closed in the spring after a 10-year run. RVA Hospitality, which also owns Tarrant’s, Tarrant’s West and Bar Solita, retained the space and began working on a new restaurant to take its place.

Charleys cheesesteak chain to open new Henrico franchise near Innsbrook
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Charlotte Matherly

A national Philly cheesesteak restaurant chain is grabbing another helping of the Richmond region.

Charleys Cheesesteaks plans to open its third local franchise next month at 4101 Dominion Blvd. in the Dominion Shoppes center along the Broad Street side of Innsbrook.

The new location will be run by the same franchisee who owns the Charleys location at 1500 W. Broad St. near VCU, which opened about two years ago.

Infill trend continues with project on Grove Ave.
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Mike Platania

Another infill townhome project is taking shape in the city.

Vertical Builders recently began construction of The Grove on Hamilton, a six-townhome development at 3800 Grove Ave., a 0.3-acre lot at the northwest corner of Grove and North Hamilton Street near the Museum District.

The company, founded in 2006 by Ryan Sedwick, bought the plot last September for $750,000 and razed a house that had been on the land.

Bon Secours seeking state approval to build surgery center next to Midlothian hospital
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Jack Jacobs

Bon Secours is making fresh moves toward an expansion of its St. Francis Medical Center campus that has been on the drawing board for several years.

The health system in late June informed the Virginia Department of Health it intends to seek the agency’s approval for an outpatient surgery center next to the hospital in Midlothian.

The facility would be built on an undeveloped parcel at 13701 Bon Secours Drive, according to a site plan filed last week with Chesterfield County as part of a zoning confirmation request.

The health system plans to have two operating rooms in the center, according to its June letter to the Virginia Department of Health. The project would also include medical office space.

Coworking space for lobbyists opening in James Center
Reported by Richmond Bizsense’s Charlotte Matherly

Angie Bezik remembers hiding in a closet, whispering into her phone and covering herself with coats to muffle the sound. She was on an important, sensitive call as part of her work as a lobbyist, and there was no way to know if someone could walk in or hear her at any moment.

Inspired by her coat closet incident and years of working in hotel rooms and hallways, Bezik and business partner Cindy DiFranco are starting Capitol Caucus, a coworking space exclusive to lobbyists, advocates, nonprofit folks and others who engage with the commonwealth’s government.

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