Richmond beers will be on tap at new airport brewhouse

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A rendering of the forthcoming Cross Grain location at RIC. (PHOTO: Richmond Region Airport Commission)

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A new beer-centric restaurant is on tap for Richmond International Airport, capping off two years of renovations and updates to RIC’s food spots and watering holes.

Cross Grain Brewhouse plans to open by July in the airport’s Concourse A. The 1,900-square-foot restaurant will open in space formerly home to Sam Adams and Vito’s Market.

The RIC location will be the fourth Cross Grain Brewhouse to open in the last 15 months, according to Steve Bass, a regional vice president for Delaware North, which owns the Cross Grain brand and has had the concessions contract at the airport for 30 years.

The Buffalo-based company has opened Cross Grains in Boise, Idaho; Fort Lauderale, Florida; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

“It’s really all about craft,” Bass said, adding that Cross Grain will sell craft beer, cocktails and sodas along with upscale food.

The idea for Cross Grain is two years in the making. To develop the brand, Delaware North hired Patricia Spencer Design and CCS Design, two New York City firms.

“With the shift in today’s beer demand from domestic to crafts, we needed something to help highlight that,” Bass said. “Cross Grain allows us to do that.”

The restaurant will have beers on draft, most of which will come from Richmond breweries. Bass could not say exactly which Richmond beers will flow from Cross Grain’s taps.

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