Josh and Jessica Bufford with partner Owen Lane at the now-closed Estilo.

Scott Elmquist

Josh and Jessica Bufford with partner Owen Lane at the now-closed Estilo.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Estilo Closes

Jessica and Josh Bufford promise something new for the space in the future.

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2015 at 6:44 PM

And the saddest news today is the announcement that the West End’s Estilo closed — for good. The restaurant brought fresh, lively pan-South American food to the local dining scene and was reenergized earlier this year when Magpie owner Owen Lane joined as a new partner with owners Jessica and Josh Bufford. Estilo received glowing reviews and won an Elby award for best new restaurant in 2014.

“We are proud of what we accomplished and so thankful for the patrons who have been adventurous with us as we tried and introduced new dishes and new ingredients to the Richmond area,” said Jessica Bufford in today’s press release.

The Buffords promise a new concept for the space in the future. They’re expecting their first child soon, and on the phone earlier Josh Bufford said, “Once we have the baby settled, there are some other restaurant ideas we have. We’ll keep experimenting.”

The couple also owns Toast, just a few doors down from Estilo, Shoryuken Ramen in the Fan and Hutch Bar & Eatery on Gaskins Road.

“[Estilo] is not our last restaurant,” he said. “You go into it knowing that some things will work and some will not — we’ll always continue to try [new ideas].”

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