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Owner Nancye Hunter with her daughter, Sarah Hunter, who works at the cafe. Photos by Michael Thompson.

RICHMOND, Va. — In the next step in the evolution of her local Paleo diet meal delivery service, Nancye Hunter has taken on a new partner and is up and running in a new restaurant downtown.

The Extraordinary Café opened March 7 at 1001 Haxall Point in the lobby of the Troutman Sanders building. Hunter and business partner Jason Kilgo have leased the 1,950-square-foot space formerly home to Canal Café.

Owner Nancye Hunter with her daughter, Sarah Hunter, who works at the cafe. Photos by Michael Thompson.

Owner Nancye Hunter with her daughter, Sarah Hunter, who works at the cafe. Photos by Michael Thompson.

The café is a complement of sorts to Hunter’s company, The Extraordinary Caveman, which offers delivered meals that adhere to the Paleo diet, meant to be closer to what cavemen may have eaten by eschewing grains and processed foods in favor of meats and vegetables.

The Extraordinary Café will serve breakfast and lunch with Paleo diet items available. The cafe space will also function as a kitchen and commissary for the meal delivery service, which Hunter launched in 2005 from her home.

“It’s basically going to be two businesses in one location,” Hunter said. “It had the space that we needed. It offered another opportunity for added revenue sources in breakfast and lunch.”

Hunter, 45, said she met Kilgo when he approached her at a tasting she was giving at CrossFit Midlo in Chesterfield. Kilgo, 38, is a former customer who had been trying to get involved in a Paleo diet food venture for some time.

“We decided to go in as 50-50 partners in expanding the business,” Hunter said.

Meal delivery customers order what they want online. Hunter then cooks everything on Sunday and packages the orders. Deliveries to local CrossFit gyms, offices and homes go out on Mondays in an area spanning Petersburg, Ashland and Short Pump.

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