HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — After working more than 15 years at a well-known downtown restaurant, a veteran chef is opening a place of his own in a new Henrico County mixed-use development. Walter Bundy, who has been the executive chef at Lemaire in The Jefferson Hotel since 2001, plans to open a restaurant in Libbie Mill-Midtown, an 80-acre development by Gumenick Properties.
Bundy hasn’t yet finalized a name for the eatery, which will open next year in a 5,900-square-foot space at 4901 Libbie Mill East Blvd., just off Staples Mill Road. It will have a bar, outdoor patio and a private dining room. Bundy said he hopes to offer an approachable and affordable menu that features seasonal, Southern cuisine.
A restaurant of his own has been Bundy’s dream ever since he helped open The Blue Point Duck in Duck, North Carolina, 25 years ago.
“Sometimes you just gotta go for it,” Bundy said. “I’m investing in my future and I’m investing in this development.”
A St. Christopher’s alum, Bundy said finding the right location in Richmond was a challenge.
“Being in the West End was important,” he said. “I’m from the West End. I think the Fan is very difficult with parking – same with downtown.”