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Portland chef to open restaurant in Richmond's oldest commercial structure

Smith & Foundry will open at 1719 E. Franklin St.
Posted at 9:03 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 12:48:39-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- A restaurateur from the Pacific Northwest is giving new life to the city’s oldest commercial structure.

Smith & Foundry is preparing to open at 1719 E. Franklin St. in Shockoe Bottom. Chef Henry Preston, a Hawaii native who later lived in Portland, Oregon, is behind the concept.

Preston had owned a few restaurants in Portland before selling them three years ago and moving to Richmond with his wife.

“My wife’s family’s here, and the Portland restaurant scene was getting stagnant. I wanted to go somewhere new and exciting,” Preston said.

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