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Help name the new restaurant in the East End Theater

The trio behind the restaurant coming to the East End Theater on 25th Street are attempting to crowdsource the name of the new place:

By going to www.nameusrva.com members of the community (and beyond) can submit their ideas and names for what Chip Zimmerman says they hope to be “Church Hill’s favorite new restaurant”. Amy Foxworthy adds; “we’ll select our favorite three options, post them on the site and then unveil the name at the restored theatre sign and marquee illumination some time in October”.

Deadline for submissions is noon October 1st with the unveiling ceremony date to be announced soon.

The person who submits the chosen restaurant name will receive $100 gift card to the establishment, a menu item named in their honor, and an invitation + three guests to the soft opening prior to the public grand opening event expected to be January 2016.

42 comments

jean mcdaniel 08/31/2015 at 5:34 PM

Who is the “trio”?

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Eric S. Huffstutler 08/31/2015 at 8:09 PM

When the theater was originally opened in 1938, the building at 412 where several restaurants have been (last was Sarafran’s), opened at the same time as the movie house’s restaurant named “Hollywood Grill”. Why not name it after the original? Even if not a grill, can still use the name Hollywood.

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Eric S. Huffstutler 08/31/2015 at 9:05 PM

And I did register my name selection so no cheating 🙂

Would love to see it with a 1930s Art Deco chrome and neon light décor.

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John M 08/31/2015 at 9:58 PM

@Jean – Josh Carlton, Amy Foxworthy and Chip Zimmerman /2015/08/25/new-restaurant-set-for-east-end-theater_45036/

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tully 08/31/2015 at 10:43 PM

“Imani’s Place”

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Eric S. Huffstutler 08/31/2015 at 11:36 PM

@8 Imani… what is it you don’t like about this? The seeking of a name? The restaurant? The type of restaurant? The use of the space? Please elaborate.

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Michael T. 09/01/2015 at 8:13 AM

Anyone know the type of food that might be served?

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Thomas 09/01/2015 at 8:15 AM

For your consideration…

“The Marquee”

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rita 09/01/2015 at 10:06 AM

I’m curious also @Imani Clark, what’s your concern?

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rita 09/01/2015 at 10:17 AM

@Thomas, I like that!

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Eric S. Huffstutler 09/01/2015 at 1:12 PM

@12 Michael T

They have already mentioned the food will be similar to what is already being served ath The Mill. Here is their link with menus. At least they seem to have a wider variety to choose from than Dutch & Co.

Also, no matter what kind of food they serve, again, I am hoping that they stay true to the building architecture and timeframe of Art Deco for the interior of the restaurant.

http://www.themillrva.com/site/

Eric

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Kathy Albers 09/03/2015 at 12:17 PM

The Mill on 25th

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crd 09/03/2015 at 12:59 PM

@16 Like that, my vote goes to The Mill on 25th.

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ray 09/03/2015 at 1:13 PM

The Mill on the Hill

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Eric S. Huffstutler 09/03/2015 at 1:31 PM

@18 ray… their online site where you can register your suggestions said “anything but” what you suggested. Try again 🙂

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Matt Conrad 09/03/2015 at 1:35 PM

Moulin Beige

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G. 09/03/2015 at 3:52 PM

After glancing at their menu:

“Run of the Mill on the Hill”

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dontmincewords 09/03/2015 at 5:09 PM

@21 Crying LOL. I registered “Hillicious” but I won’t win because the first bad yelp review will call it Hellacious.

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Eric S. Huffstutler 09/03/2015 at 8:08 PM

@21 Why would you say that? The menu has more choices than Dutch and a little closer to simpler fare. Personally, I am not into “trendy” foods especially in small, overpriced portions. And I don’t patronize a place just to be seen where hip people meet. I go for the food. I also prefer more down home fare and could care less about fat or gluten content… and dislike game meats.

Give me an old fashioned blue plate diner with traditional comfort foods. That is what we really need. 🙂

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BAF 09/04/2015 at 12:40 PM

Eric and I think alike. We need a diner.

“The Hill Grill” would work. Barring that the could always call themselves “Another restaurant that got an ABC license unlike Buzzy’s” 🙂

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Mary Thompson 09/05/2015 at 4:38 PM

Eric. I agree. Bring on the old fashioned blue plate diner with comfort food. Something for everyone.

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John M 10/02/2015 at 9:10 AM

And the winner is: “Liberty Public House”
http://www.nameusrva.com

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ray 10/02/2015 at 10:32 AM

Really?

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Eric S. Huffstutler 11/01/2015 at 5:36 PM

I was wondering what happened with this “contest” but with ray… what??? The name is too similar to the Patrick Henry Inn and, sounds more like a Pub name than a restaurant. And besides what does it have to do with a Art Deco Movie Theater theme?

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Eric S. Huffstutler 11/01/2015 at 5:45 PM

Also, I see all sort of permits issued but nothing happening and of course no inspections. The new marquee and sign was supposed to have gone up by the end of September or early October but again nothing yet. Josh, any updates?

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Paul S 12/02/2016 at 8:16 AM

When this project first delivered earlier in 2016 the “EAST END” portion of the sign lit up. Now I never see it lit up anymore. What’s the reason for the change? Is it broken? Landlord deemed electricity to light it too expensive? Cow towing to neighbors who didn’t like the sign?

I happened to love the lighted sign. And it seems historically accurate. So if critics are the sole reason the sign is never illuminated anymore I’d be disappointed.

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Lee 12/02/2016 at 9:41 AM

I second what Paul just said!

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Dave 12/02/2016 at 10:26 AM

Good question Paul S. I’ve been curious too. What gives???

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Paul S 12/17/2016 at 9:29 AM

They finally started lighting up the sign again earlier this week.

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Eric S. Huffstutler 12/17/2016 at 1:17 PM

The sign is part of the character of this restored theater building so, it should always be lighted… at least at night. And believe that was the intent when it was replaced?

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