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Blue Wheeler will be Lee Gregory’s Alewife

Here’s a detail to update the recent roundup of restaurants planned for the area: the former Blue Wheeler will be Lee Gregory’s Alewife.

From Karri Peifer at

The restaurant is Alewife, a fish-focused restaurant with the sourcing coming primarily from the Chesapeake Bay, and it’s slated to open in early February at 3120 E. Marshall St. in Church Hill, in the former Blue Wheeler Market & Deli spot.

Chef Lee Gregory opened The Roosevelt with Kendra Feather in 2011 and Southbound with Joe Sparatta in 2014. The Roosevelt was named 2012 Restaurant of the Year by Style Magazine, Best New Restaurant in the Region by Richmond Magazine and awarded an Elby as the city’s Best New Restaurant. The Roosevelt was again awarded Elbys in 2013 & 2017 for Best Cocktail Program (Thomas “T” Leggett), and in 2014 for Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year (Lee Gregory).

James Beard nominee and StarChef Rising Star Lee Gregory worked under chef Dale Reitzer at Acacia in Richmond, Virginia, for five years before moving to Six Burner (Richmond), Mockingbird in Staunton, and Blue Light Grill in Charlottesville.

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Tina Bowman 11/27/2017 at 7:04 PM

Blue wheeler instantly takes me back to my childhood, back when penny candy was a thing. Can’t wait to try the new restaurant

Brett Feinstein 11/27/2017 at 7:19 PM

Hope it is more of a crab shack vibe and less of a Hard Shell vibe.

Josh Gibson 11/27/2017 at 7:38 PM

Can I still buy crack outside?

Becca Best 11/27/2017 at 7:43 PM


Josh Gibson 11/27/2017 at 7:43 PM


Dana Bagby 11/27/2017 at 8:06 PM

Alewife. Jesus, Im old.

Dana Bagby 11/27/2017 at 8:07 PM

Not only outside, you can now but crack inside! Yayyyy!

Terrapin Marquis 11/27/2017 at 8:45 PM

Can I still buy free base supplies and expired milk there?

Stacey 11/27/2017 at 11:37 PM

How exciting!!

Elaine Odell 11/28/2017 at 1:33 AM

‘‘Tis the season of giving! Thank you, Chef Lee. Our household is so looking forward to you fish-forward menu. Best wishes for a speedy renovation and another swimmingly great restaurant.

Nicole 11/28/2017 at 2:43 AM

Any word of what is about to be at Venable and Mosby st.???

J D Austin 11/28/2017 at 8:17 AM

Back in the 60’s Fines was the meeting spot before Sunday school at Mount Carmel Baptist Church 32nd an Broad Streets. The candy’s were 2 for a penny.
Great memories then, now looking forward to the new venture.

Michael Erwards 11/28/2017 at 8:19 AM

There better be sea chanties, or I’m out!

Imani 11/28/2017 at 9:17 AM


Charlene 11/28/2017 at 11:13 AM

At least you guys don’t have grandiose Ideas about where you are. Welcome to the Church of the Hill. Now with pretty buildings and cute little restaurants. Yet in broad daylight “the hill is still plotting on everyone” Josh, you do know the dealer will deliver to you when he brings the “powder” or the “lush” to your neighbor with the newly renovated house. Fear not the Hill always provides

SarahontheHill 11/28/2017 at 11:33 AM

This has me very excited! And I too hope it has a more casual vibe.

SA Chaplin 11/28/2017 at 11:48 AM

Mike Fine (Myron Alan Fine) was one of the “Fine Brothers” who operated that store for a time. Mike, an avid bridge player (and windshield repair guy) died in January 2017 at age 88. Mike would have been thrilled to see a new enterprise there. Mike’s “ghost” will be haunting the place (in a friendly way, I’m sure).

Joy Moore 11/28/2017 at 12:53 PM

My how my childhood is vanishing. Weekends spent running around to Blue Wheelers getting popsicles, candy and SuzyQs. Change is hard but sometimes better. Hope the restaurant does well.

Hayden Hill 11/28/2017 at 12:26 PM

David Hill of course they make it cool once we leave.

David Hill 11/28/2017 at 12:54 PM

The blue wheeler was awesome when we were there!

Dubois2 11/28/2017 at 2:15 PM

Will there be ale?

And what’s going on across the street in the new build?

Joshua Poteat 11/30/2017 at 10:40 AM

I love the folks writing in about their childhood connections to this shop! There should be more of this on here.


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