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Acclaimed Richmond Chef Walter Bundy opens new restaurant Shagbark in Libbie Mill - Midtown

Posted by   admin on    July 14, 2016

Seasonally-driven concept focuses on approachable, creative Southern fare

libbiemill-social-2.jpgRICHMOND, VA - Virginia native and acclaimed chef Walter Bundy has opened Shagbark restaurant at 4901 Libbie Mill East Blvd., near the intersection of W. Broad St. and Staples Mill Rd. Shagbark is located in the Libbie Mill-Midtown community, the largest revitalization project in Henrico Co.’s 400-year history.

Open daily for dinner, the seasonally-driven concept features an approachable menu of Southern-inspired small plates and entrees ranging from $8 to $30. Showcasing the names of local purveyors, farmers and fishermen from across the state, Shagbark’s menu is a true testament to the plentiful Virginia food landscape. Highlights include chicken-fried Chesapeake Bay oysters, Beaver Creek Farms slow-grilled quail, and butter-basted day boat scallops. At the bar, expect specialty Virginia-inspired cocktails, a selection of microbrews, locally-made wines by the glass or bottle, and four wine varieties on tap.

As owner and executive chef of Shagbark, Bundy brings back the focus of serving simply prepared, good food. When he was the executive chef at Lemaire in Richmond’s historic Jefferson Hotel for nearly 15 years, this chef was best known for his ingenuity with authentic farm-to-table dining and often credited for helping put Richmond on the map as a culinary destination.

The 5,800-square-foot restaurant includes seating for 60 in the main room, a bar that accommodates 30, two private dining areas, and a 25-seat outdoor patio. Local firm Helen Reed Design created the interior atmosphere bringing in rustic, natural elements to accent the space’s sleek shell for a vibe that is sophisticated, yet comfortable. Custom pieces abound throughout, including whitetail deer antler chandeliers made by Alaska Antler Works, wall coverings hand-painted to resemble fish scales, hand-blown glass light fixtures crafted by Wendy Umanoff, and a community table by Wellborn + Wright fashioned from a Civil War-era shagbark hickory tree.libbiemill-social-23.jpg

The bar offers several seating options including banquets, chairs at cocktail tables made from shagbark, and stools at the bar. A special menu will be available in the bar and 25-seat patio featuring small plates and snacks for grazing. Highlights include barbecued clams, rabbit-filled hand pies, johnny cakes with chipotle shrimp and flights of fresh oysters. In addition to a full selection of cocktails and wines, Virginia wines will be on tap alongside eight regional craft beers.

About Shagbark:

Located at 4901 Libbie Mill East Blvd, Ste. 175, in Richmond Shagbark is a seasonally-driven concept celebrating Virginia’s best producers, farmers and fishermen. Shagbark is open daily for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The bar is open at 4 p.m. daily. For more information, call 804-358-SHAG (7424), visit, or follow on Facebook and Twitter

About Libbie Mill-Midtown

Libbie Mill--Midtown will be unique, existing as both a thriving local community and a regional destination. Its Midtown location is convenient to Richmond, western Henrico County and major roadways, including I-64 and I-95. When complete, the community is projected to have up to 994 for-sale homes and 1,096 apartments. Libbie Mill-Midtown also will have a total of approximately 200,000 square feet of office and retail space. The community is estimated to take approximately 10 years to complete. Henrico-based Gumenick Properties is creating the community. The award-winning real estate development and management company has operations throughout the Southeast. Founded in the late 1940s, the company engages in two primary lines of business – apartment and commercial space development and community operations, and homebuilding. Learn more about Gumenick Properties and Libbie Mill-Midtown at  and