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Best Restaurant Relocation 

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click to enlarge Chef and owner Greg Johnson (far right) moved his much loved restaurant, Citizen, from a small subterranean space to a light and airy storefront on East Main Street.

Scott Elmquist

Chef and owner Greg Johnson (far right) moved his much loved restaurant, Citizen, from a small subterranean space to a light and airy storefront on East Main Street.

Once you walk into Citizen's new digs on Main Street downtown, you'll notice its soaring ceiling, rack of vintage comic books, changing artwork that adorns the walls and the abundant light. Chances are, you'll have trouble recalling the dark basement space that introduced Richmond to chef Greg Johnson's elevated breakfast and lunch menus, making devoted fans of people from blocks around.

Wait, it gets better, because the elevated new space incorporates both a bar — yes, you can now imbibe at Citizen — and dinner Thursdays-Saturdays until 10 p.m.

Our favorite perch is at one of the counters along the windows facing Main Street, ensuring a front-row seat to the ever-changing street theater of the downtown scene. But truly, there's not a bad seat in the house when you're chowing down on pulled-pork pupusas with a side of curtido and fresh fruit salad.

An added bonus? Citizen now offers next-day knife-sharpening service so that hacking uselessly away at your food at home is a thing of the past.

CORRECTION: Greg Johnson's name was erroneously cited as Greg Haley when this article first published.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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