Lillie Pearl entrepreneurs cooking up fried hen strategy in Limited Pump

Kimberly Appreciate-Lindsey and Mike Lindsey, house owners of Lillie Pearl, are opening a new fried hen notion named Buttermilk and Honey. (Photographs courtesy of Buttermilk and Honey)

With their initial restaurant buzzing alongside downtown and another thought in the performs in Manchester, Kimberly Enjoy-Lindsey and Mike Lindsey are now hunting to Shorter Pump for the next addition to their growing food empire.

The wife-and-spouse duo powering downtown eatery Lillie Pearl are preparing to open Buttermilk and Honey, a fried hen cafe, at 12246 W. Wide St. in Brief Pump’s West Wide Marketplace.

The locale adds to the couple’s options in Manchester, the place they are planning to carry the Buttermilk and Honey principle to the neighborhood’s forthcoming food items corridor Hatch Area.

Buttermilk and Honey’s menu consists of a variety of fried chicken sandwich kinds this kind of as Nashville scorching, Korean with kimchi slaw, and Southern with pimento cheese and collard greens.

Lindsey stated the fried hen principle began as a pop-up at Lillie Pearl, which Adore-Lindsey and Lindsey opened past 12 months at 416 E. Grace St. after performing for many years at Consume Restaurant Partners as director of functions and executive chef, respectively.

Lindsey mentioned the pop-up technique was a variety of backup system in situation pandemic protocols arrived back again limiting dining places to takeout only.

Buttermilk and Honey’s fried rooster sandwiches are readily available in a quantity of designs.

“I required to make positive we had that in location to assist crank out income for our takeout,” Lindsey claimed. “Not most people wishes to expend $30 per man or woman on takeout (at Lillie Pearl), but an $11 or $12 sandwich would go out incredibly easily.”

Really like-Lindsey was skeptical at very first.

“I was like ‘What? Just can’t we just concentrate on a person menu?’” she mentioned, laughing. “It ended up doing work out truly, really nicely.”

With the Hatch Community location slated to open up in the fall, the pair appeared to Brief Pump for a further place for Buttermilk and Honey, and Enjoy-Lindsey explained they struck a very good deal for the roughly 2,500-square-foot place, which quick-informal chain B.Excellent formerly occupied before closing in early 2020.

“The B.Good spot was ideal for what we needed to do for brief-company,” she mentioned. “It’s already established up and ready to go for that. It was a turnkey condition.”

The menu at Buttermilk and Honey’s Limited Pump spot will incorporate about eight signature sandwiches ranging in cost from $12 to $14, fried rooster tenders and salads, as effectively as sides like warm fries and cheddar cornbread.

The room at West Broad Marketplace was most not long ago residence to B.Excellent, a cafe that closed in early 2020. (Mike Platania photograph)

Lindsey explained they’re hoping to open in Brief Pump concerning August and October, and that they’d be open to exploring much more places for the principle in the Richmond location.

“The objective for us is to go on to increase and do matters that make sense for us,” Lindsey mentioned. “For me, I consider south of the river. Chesterfield and Midlothian are regions that I imagine are increasing.”

Take in Cafe Partners, the couple’s previous employer, has been increasing regularly in excess of the yrs with in excess of a dozen dining places all through the area and additional on the way. Lindsey and Adore-Lindsey bought to experience some of those grand openings, but proudly owning Lillie Pearl and expanding on their possess has been a diverse sensation and plan.

“As the director of operations (at Consume) I discovered so a lot, but you’re disconnected from the visitor knowledge. Yeah, you’re in there managing restaurants, but it is not the primary element of your task any more,” Adore-Lindsey claimed. “But remaining back performing shifts and speaking to people … I forgot how a great deal I genuinely skipped and relished that. It’s on a distinct degree being house owners.”

Extra Lindsey, “When you get the job done for someone else, you push you to get terrific evaluations and place out excellent foods. But when persons come into our place, it’s a personal issue. They know Kim and I. They know the story.”

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