Real soul at Sarahfran’s - Church Hill People's News | Richmond, Virginia


Real soul at Sarahfran’s

01/14/2014 9:36 AM by

After being open on 25th Street for almost 8 months, Owner E.D.Cox hasn’t rebranded Sarahfran’s so much as refined the restaurant’s focus.

“We spent the last two months creating atmosphere and working on the menu,” he says.

The effort shows. The interior of the restaurant is sleek, with the red wall on one side set against a black bar and the metal of the exposed kitchen on the other. Fresh flowers on the tables soften the edges of the small space somewhat, balancing the light and action of the exposed cooking line.

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Crabcake Dinner

Crabcake with mac & cheese and cabbage

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Porkchop with mushroom gravy, collards, and yams

Porkchop with mushroom gravy, collards, and yams

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Sarahfran’s menu is expanded, with the the addition of a number of southern and soul food favorites that may be familiar to fans of Deandre Johnson’s OMG Cafe and Johnson’s Southern Comfort. Porkchops, chicken-n-waffles, meat loaf, shrimp & grits all get served with collards, yams, red beans & rice, or mac & cheese. They also offer chitterlings and oxtails for the more adventurous eaters.

This was supposed to be the announcement of a partnership between E.D.Cox and Deandre Johnson.

“He approached me a few months back” about a collaboration, Cox says of Johnson. “We met and hit it off.”

Deandre poured his love for the business and Church Hill into the restaurant, but it will be up to Cox to make a go of it: the 32-year-old Johnson died of a heart attack on January 9.

The pair brought in Sonya Williams as the Events Coordinator. The vivacious Ms.Williams has big plans for the little space, with DJ nights already on the books for Fridays and karaoke set to begin in February. The joint will likely be hoppin’.

Sarahfran’s has a full bar, with 3 beers on tap. Martini specials are offered on Thursdays, and you can catch the games on Sundays on the tv above the bar.

412 North 25th Street

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