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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