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Jamaica House is moving from its home of 25 years at 1215 W. Broad St. after VCU terminated its lease. (Photos by J. Elias O’Neal)

RICHMOND, Va. — A longtime staple in the VCU dining scene is moving out of the neighborhood and east to downtown.

Jamaica House is relocating its restaurant at 1215 W. Broad St. to 416 W. Broad St. after purchasing the two-story building Feb. 15 for $515,000.

Owner Carena Ives, who opened Jamaica House at its current location in 1994, said the move wasn’t by choice.

She said her landlord, the VCU Real Estate Foundation, told her it was terminating Jamaica House’s lease and the restaurant needed to be out of the space in the coming months.

“We’ve been at that location for many years, not knowing when they were going to do anything with the property,” Ives said. “It’s bittersweet for us … we would have liked to stay at the location, but it’s time for us to move on.”

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