Urban Farmhouse closes VCU cafe

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Urban Farmhouse Market & Café closed its VCU location at 800 W. Broad St. (PHOTO: J. Elias O’Neal)

RICHMOND, Va. — A once-fast-growing Richmond-based coffee house is closing yet another location.

Urban Farmhouse Market & Café has closed its VCU location at 800 W. Broad St., founder Kathleen Richardson confirmed on Monday. The store, which had been open for a little over a year, is the third location the company has closed in 2016.

A sign posted on the door of the shuttered VCU location instructs customers to visit the company’s pending outpost at the Linden Row Inn at 100 E. Franklin St., which is set to open in January.

In an email, Richardson said she hopes to return to the VCU area, but said at this point Urban Farmhouse has not determined a course of action with its landlord, the VCU Real Estate Foundation.

The VCU Real Estate Foundation could not be reached for comment.

A small crew of workers Monday afternoon was removing items and décor from the front of the 1,500-square-foot building Urban Farmhouse had occupied since October 2015.

“We have assessed all of our cafes and determined to focus on those cafes that are our strongest performers,” Richardson said in an email.

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