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2300 Club is dead

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11 comments

Larris Hutton 07/23/2017 at 5:37 PM

Matt Jarreau we were just talking about this.

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Matt Jarreau 07/23/2017 at 5:41 PM

Yeah I know! Nice find!

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frank pichel 07/23/2017 at 8:20 PM

sad

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Sandi Bergman 07/23/2017 at 7:49 PM

Sad news.

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jean mcdaniel 07/24/2017 at 12:41 PM

The end of the 2300 club is about 10 years past it’s expiration date. Massive changes in ABC laws and Years of miss management have done their job.

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Bill Hartsock 07/24/2017 at 6:04 PM

Agree with Jean. The new owners killed that place. I question what the zoning laws will allow in that building. I plan to watch this closely and limit what can go in there.

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Catherine Branch 07/25/2017 at 11:07 AM

Thank you Bill for your kind words. The 2300 Club had voted to close in December of 2013.

The model of cheap dues ($35 per month), cheap drinks and cheap date night was not working.

We wanted to make every effort to try and save The Club before we gave up the ship.

The decision was made to go upscale if we were to attract new business and new members. With all the fantastic chef talent in Richmond we had to find a great Chef , which we did, and raise the dues to pay for it. Our efforts were much appreciated by MCV, Bon Secours, and many Club members. Sadly, we could not reach the 150 member threshold in order to survive but it was not for lack of trying.

“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”

– William Faulkner

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Bill Hartsock 07/25/2017 at 6:11 PM

“Cheap dues” – hardly. “Great chef” – maybe, but never publicized. Never inviting to the downtown residents. This could have worked if you knew what you were doing. I wanted to support it, initially, but you turned many people away.

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Eric Huffstutler 07/26/2017 at 2:15 AM

Jean and Bill, it was also talked about on another thread that this type of club has past its prime in general. They were a relic of the “Good Old Boys” or Mad Men era. They were formal places to gather for lunch, cigars and drinks to talk over business in suits, and bring their wives for dinner. The social atmosphere has changed (noted by other clubs that have already closed) while Millennials are overtaking the Baby Boomers and those who were their parents, are now dying off. People today want casual gathering places and more of them now have ABC license. I believe that the Commonwealth Club, which is a “men’s only” club, is the only non country club place left in Richmond?

At least they are going to be used for something fitting to their lineage.

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