Mama J makes more room for foodie family

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Mama J’s owner Velma Johnson sits outside her restaurant. (Photo by Lena Price)

By Lena Price

RICHMOND, Va. ( – A Jackson Ward restaurant is set to give the neighborhood a new way to get its comfort food fix.

Mama J’s Kitchen is converting the building next door to its home at 415 N. First St. into a venue for private events. Owner Velma Johnson said the extra space should allow the four-year-old eatery to keep up with customer demand.

“We have people calling in asking to rent out the restaurant for private parties,” Johnson said. “We don’t want to turn away our regular customers, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. This should help.”

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