The January 2012 issue of Richmond Magazine includes The Roosevelt in a piece on the best new Richmond restaurants of 2011. In addition, the restaurant has also been nominated as best New Restaurant in the inaugural round of the magazine’s Elbys, a new awards and recognition program for the Richmond region’s restaurant community. Others up for the award are The Blue Goat, The Magpie, and Stella’s. The Roosevelt’s chef, Lee Gregory, has been nominated as Chef of the Year (along with Russel Cook of Balliceaux, Todd Johnson of Mezzanine, and Dale Reitzer of Acacia Mid-town).
Also locally, Aziza’s on Main has been nominated as best Neighborhood Restaurant (along with The Black Sheep, Garnett’s, and Mama J’s). Caleb Shriver of Aziza’s is nominated as a Rising Culinary Star (along with Ryan Baldwin of Tastebuds American Bistro, Tim Bereika of Secco, and Aaron Cross of Lemaire).
The Elbys, named for renowned French Chef and Richmonder Paul Elbling, will be given out on Sunday evening, February 12, 2012. These awards will recognize winners from a list of nominees in nine categories. Net ticket proceeds will benefit the Tricycle Gardens. Tickets are available online.