Now that Dutch & Co., a 40-seat cafe in Church Hill, has opened following a long run-up of anticipation, customers are beating a path to the door. They've watched the earnest young owners, chefs Caleb Shriver (Aziza's) and Philip Perrow (Acacia), and bartender Michelle Shriver (Acacia), set the business in motion. And while it took months longer than expected, the results are an appealing amalgamation of vintage and current accents, familiar and unexpected flavors. It's serving dinner Monday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m., at 400 N. 27th St., 643-8824. The three owners took a moment to answer a few questions by email after opening night:
What do you want the restaurant to be known for?
A comfortable welcoming atmosphere, where you can get food and drink and always know it's good.
What are some of your favorite dishes on the menu? And drinks?
Borscht, porridge, honey pot, Sunday Paper, D&C's Sam Ward. … That's a hard question. How do you pick the favorites of what you have created? We think they are all delicious!
Can you tell a little about how the interior décor came together?
We were lucky enough to work with Shannon Reed, a very talented interior designer who just moved back to Richmond. She took all three of our ideas, and helped create what is now Dutch & Co. Daniel Rickey, custom woodworker, created our bar, tables and bar back. Patrick Gibrall took all our crazy construction ideas and made them happen.
What has the experience of opening a restaurant been like for you?
Amazing. A learning experience in patience, business and community.
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