Mellow Mushroom to open Short Pump pizza shop

Posted at 9:42 AM, Dec 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 09:42:10-05

SHORT PUMP, Va. — Things are heating up in GreenGate. Markel | Eagle’s 75-acre development taking shape just west of Short Pump has signed on pizza chain Mellow Mushroom as its newest tenant.

The restaurant, which will be the brand’s third franchise in the Richmond market, is headed by Jay Shah of locally-based Shamin Hotels and Joel Gilbert. The two are also owners of the Keagan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in nearby West Broad Village, where Markel | Eagle is also their landlord.

“So naturally we knew about GreenGate from the beginning, and we know those guys and have a great relationship with them,” Shah said. “What better place to go than there?”

Work has started on GreenGate, and Shah and Gilbert’s 5,500-square-foot space should be delivered around the summer of 2016 before Mellow Mushroom opens its doors in the fall.

The three the local Mellow Mushroom franchises, including one in the works in Chesterfield, are each under different owners. The restaurant’s Carytown location opened in 2013 and is just a few doors down from The Daily, which has also signed a lease for space in GreenGate.

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