As of today, Richbrau Brewing Company in downtown Richmond has closed its doors. Allegedly, the brewpub in Shockoe Bottom is bankrupt, and according to folks on the inside, it doesn’t have plans to reopen.
After turning its fortunes around under the aegis of owner Mike Byrne, Richbrau appeared to be going strong until the recent economic meltdown. The sprawling restaurant complex with multiple bars was known for its array of gaming options and flat-screen televisions, and as always, the fresh, locally brewed beer on tap.
Employees were aware that the brewpub had not been doing well in the revenue department, but it appears that many were not prepared for the extent of the damage. For all intents and purposes, it appears that the brewpub is kaput.
And as for reviving the beer? Outlook does not look good.
Stay tuned for a special feature on Richbrau coming soon.