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Riding The Waves to Hopewell

The Boathouse at City Point Set to Open Late Summer 2016

The Boathouse is pleased to announce plans to open its fourth location in partnership with the City of Hopewell to support the momentum of a 7 million dollar riverfront redevelopment plan.

“The Hopewell Assistant City Manager approached us about the project in mid 2015,” Boathouse Restaurant Group owner Kevin Healy said. “The enthusiasm about the revitalization of the city is infectious. We are equally excited to be a part of its success story.” 

The Boathouse at City Point is slated to open in late Summer 2016 and will tie together the Appomattox Riverwalk, Beacon Theatre, and Hopewell Marina.

The new space is 6,000 square feet with an outdoor patio area overlooking the confluence of the James and Appomattox rivers. The menu will feature the same classic coastal elements that inspired The Boathouse brand, in a unique waterfront setting reminiscent of the Sunday Park and Rocketts Landing locations.

“It’s a million dollar view,” said Healy, who toured the downtown and the riverfront development plans with Hopewell’s staff. “We’re excited to join this thriving entertainment district, and it’s all centered around a beautiful riverfront.”

The long-term vision for the area includes housing, retail, and river cruises, all part of an ambitious plan to continue revitalizing the city. The newly restored historic Beacon Theatre has hosted national acts in sold-out shows, and the Hopewell Marina has added kayak programs and major fishing tournaments to the list of attractions.

The Boathouse at City Point will bring approximately 75 new jobs to the area.

“It’s an exciting time to be in Hopewell,” said Healy. “The potential for greatness is high and we are delighted and honored to be a part of its renaissance. Working with the City staff and the Hopewell Economic Development Authority has made this entire experience enjoyable and we cannot wait to be a part of the community. “

“Every community has its tipping point,” Healy continued. “With Rocketts Landing and Casa Del Barco on the Canal Walk, those communities were at their tipping point. With the Beacon Theatre, and the development in Southern Chesterfield, this time is a tipping point for City of Hopewell. The City of Hopewell is ready for the activity that The Boathouse will bring.”

Healy has a sixth sense about finding locations on the rise. It all started when Healy took a chance on a small restaurant adjacent to the neighborhood pool in 1988. Today, The Boathouse at Sunday Park is a Richmond tradition for weddings and just about any other occasion. In addition to Sunday Park, Healy also owns The Boathouse restaurants at Rocketts Landing and Short Pump, tequileria Casa del Barco on the Canal Walk, and the popular “table to farm” dining program, Dinner in the Field.

Hopewell’s Mayor, Ms. Brenda Pelham, said “We are excited to welcome such a big name in the regional restaurant community to Hopewell. The Boathouse City Point will add yet another exciting development to our local economy, and will help us achieve our desire to focus on the waterfront as part of the resurgence of the Wonder City. We continue to have good things happen in Hopewell. ”

1 comment on "Riding The Waves to Hopewell"

Emily kelly

Put me on your mailing list. I own a yoga studio here in my home in mansion hills. and there's nothing to do at night unless the allman brothers show up at the Beacon!😸 So I'm looking forward to this!!
PS can you get the Evergreen putrid eyesore demolished? Hookers, germs-- not good for us!

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