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Caribbean-motivated taco restaurant sets sail at Regency mall

Caribbean-motivated taco restaurant sets sail at Regency mall

Caribbean-motivated taco restaurant sets sail at Regency mall

Garland Taylor opened Caribbean-inspired taco restaurant Sloop John B at the Regency mall in early November. (Courtesy of Sloop John B)

Veteran nearby restaurateur Garland Taylor’s most recent concept has opened its doors at Regency as the West Stop shopping mall continues to undergo redevelopment.

Sloop John B, Taylor’s Caribbean-affected taco restaurant, debuted before this month at the mall’s recently redone Quioccasin Street entrance.

The cafe focuses on tacos and cocktails, and the menu also features a number of entrees and bowls. Tacos are priced at $3 to $4.

The 5,000-sq.-foot restaurant capabilities a likewise-sized rooftop location that is scheduled to open subsequent spring. The restaurant has ability for all-around 200 diners indoors, and Taylor now expects the rooftop to be able to accommodate about 250 individuals.

“We have been working out of heat climate and we experienced sections of that challenge that were being involving items that essential a lengthier lead time, so we produced the determination to advance with Sloop John B downstairs,” said Taylor, who also owns Twin Hickory Tavern in Glen Allen, and previously owned Home Group Grill in Richmond.

804 Builders was the normal contractor for the Sloop John B buildout. The challenge architect was Baskervill. Taylor declined to share his financial investment in the room, which is close to yoga studio YogaSix and Footlocker.

The restaurant’s title is a reference to a Seaside Boys version of a Bahamian folk music about a shipwreck.

Sloop John B has opened in a portion of what was previously McCormack’s Significant Whisky Grill positioned at Regency’s entrance struggling with Quioccasin Highway. (Jack Jacobs image)

Sloop John B will soon be joined by a different Taylor-owned business: In the Sauce, a pizza shop that is now scheduled to open up in the spring future to the taco restaurant. The two eating places have divided a place that was formerly household to McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill, which has moved a number of doorways down inside of the mall, also together the Quioccasin entrance.

“We’ve carried out the demo and some of the mechanical factors that are expected,” Taylor explained of In the Sauce. “A great deal of the plumbing is already in spot.”

Sloop John B opened shortly following NOVA of Virginia Aquatics opened its swimming facility in September in the mall’s former Macy’s South constructing. The swimming middle serves as a new anchor for Regency as it transitions absent from a classic retail-and-cafe concentrate into a blended-use growth.

The 50,000-square-foot NOVA facility has a 50-meter Olympic-sized pool as nicely as two 25-lawn pools, plus an 800-seat bleacher, lockers and offices. The undertaking is the first period of the center’s design and price tag $12 million, NOVA Govt Director Ann McGee explained in an email.

NOVA also operates a facility at 12207 Gayton Highway. It programs to keep 20 swim fulfills at its Regency center in the 2021-22 swim period, McGee claimed.

The forthcoming next section of the centre will make offered the space’s 2nd ground as a spectator location with additional than 1,200 seats and neighborhood rooms to maintain regional and nationwide swim meets. McGee explained organizing is underway on the second stage.

Surge Adventure Park opened at Regency past year. Work carries on on the 270-unit apartment enhancement having condition on the web site of the now demolished Sears.