What are Kendra [Feather] and John [Murden] up to these days? Helping former employees to open The Carriage House Cafe.
Garnett’s at the Valentine is changing owners and names.
Carriage House Cafe opened in the fall of 2018 with the idea to offer fantastic sandwiches in a beautiful garden; a perfect place to escape the steel jungle of Downtown Richmond. Long time cook Andrew Bell has helmed a number of kitchens in the Richmond area for over 15 years and Alex Franck has the winning personality that comes with 10 years of front of house experience. Combining the skill sets between the two of them they make a powerhouse of a team that will not only satisfy all your breakfast or lunch needs, you will leave with a smile on your face as well.
The Valentine shares:
The Carriage House Café, a new eatery located in the Valentine Garden, opened to the public on October 2nd. Co-owners Alex Franck and Andrew Bell unveiled an updated menu, revised hours and a fitting new name as part of the grand opening.
“We are so excited to embark on this new journey,” said Alex Franck, co-owner of the Carriage House Café. “After having worked six years for Kendra [Feather], the owner of Garnett’s, Andrew and I were eager to take what we had learned and apply it to our very own restaurant. Thankfully, she was more than happy make our dream a reality. We look forward to serving the Court End neighborhood and bringing a new vision to this historic space.”
“Kendra and John [Murden] have taken the admirable step of providing two of their former employees with the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of owning and operating their own café,” said Valentine Director Bill Martin. “Here at the Valentine, we’re all about encouraging the next generation to try something new, which is why we were eager to be a part of this transition and why we can’t wait to welcome visitors to the Carriage House Café.”
Pulling its name from the historic use of the building as a space to house and store horse-drawn carriages, the Carriage House Café will be open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will feature breakfast items, signature sandwiches named after famous Richmonders, specials, desserts and more.
You can see the menu by visiting the new website here
1015 East Clay Street Richmond, VA 23219
Entrance to the garden is located from the 10th street parking lot and 11th street facing MCV.