Strawberry St. Cafe in Richmond’s Fan District to close, under new ownership

The owners have decided they will do renovations that include a complete rebranding of the restaurant

After decades in the business, Strawberry Street Cafe in the Fan District is closing and a new restaurant will take its place.

The restaurant, most famous for the historic bathtub (which was featured on Dec. 15, 1995 episode of “Jeopardy”) will close it at the end of brunch service on March 31.

The staple in the community was sold back in 2018 to Derek Salerno and partner Aaron Sisk for roughly $1.4 million.

Since then, the owners have decided they will do renovations that include a complete rebranding of the restaurant.

Strawberry St. Cafe in the Fan District

The name will be changing and the bathtub will be also donated to The Valentine museum.

Co-owner Derek Salerno says it’s been humbling to take on the leadership of a restaurant that inspires so many people.

After taking ownership, he felt it was time to do some major renovations to the kitchen to properly serve the amount of people the restaurant can seat.

The new concept and name hasn’t been released yet, but the kitchen team is already in place.

In the driver seat of the kitchen will be executive chef Adam Campbell, previously of Alewife and Rappahannock.

Renovations are expected to take about 8 weeks.


Stay Connected

Stay up to date on all things 12 About Town!

Like us on Facebook | Contact us