Finally. It has finally happened.
I finally wish I lived in Richmond, Virginia.
Before today, the New Yorker in me was too xenophobic to imagine living anywhere else. Other than Seattle. I have often written about my love for that city, and feel I’d fit in well there, for some reason. It’s also within driving distance of Vancouver, but I digress.
Richmond, Virginia, is a town I’ve passed through but it never struck me as the kind of place I could actually be content in. But that’s changed.
Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler has announced his new partnership with Richmond restauranteur Will “Mac” McCormack to open the Big Whisky Grill near the West End of the city.
The original Whisky Grill is located in the Richmond Fan District but is too small to accommodate their growing demand.
Adler and McCormack’s brand new Big Whisky Grill will hold up to 600 people — making this a perfect location to visit on your next heavy metal road trip! Adler says he is looking forward to turning his passion into a reality.
“Anyone that knows me knows I’m not good at sitting still,” he says. “The downtime has been a great way for us to reconnect with family and friends, and in doing so, I’ve found myself in a position to keep pushing.
“I’ve partnered up with my good buddy Mac to open one of the largest and extensive whisky bars in the nation. We are building out now and the ideas in process are incredible.”
Sounds awesome, man.
The Big Whisky Grill is set to open in October and will offer a selection of over 2,000 spirits — 700-bottle whisky selection, 150 craft beers and a 200-bottle wine selection.
Fuck. I wanna go.
Adler and McCormack are also working with Henrico County health officials to offer a high-end cigar room within the 11,000-square-foot footprint of the restaurant.
Sounds dope, dude.
Adler says he is most proud of their unique two-kitchen system, allowing them the ability to safely serve patrons with any and all food allergies or dietary restrictions (GF, V, VO).
This concept is all but absent in the Richmond area and is a much-needed option for many diners. , he notes.
“One of the most important details for me, outside of the incredible whisky collection, is the idea of two kitchens, with one sterilized to serve specialized diet and allergy needs,” Adler says. “My wife has suffered from severe food allergies for her entire life and has never been able to comfortably dine out — and she’s not alone. I’m driven to create a safe environment for any dietary concern, choice or not.”
“I won’t be in the back behind a purple rope holding court, I’ll be behind the bar serving up the gold. We are stoked and hope to create a friendly and classy place for our community and visitors from all around.”
In case you did not know, we used to run a column with Chris, which you can read here.
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