1621 W Broad St. Richmond, VA
Before the new year we were able to hang out with Rand Burgess, owner/operator of The Camel. The Camel serves as, “restaurant, bar, and then a venue.” It has been around a while but it was recently acquired by Rand in March 2007. The restaurant thrives at 1621 W Broad St. right on the edge of the active Fan district.
In the time Rand has spent at The Camel, some drama has taken place between the neighborhood and the city, but has since been resolved – very publicly.
Older parking regulation from the 90s to prevent cruising and prostitution and mayhem was still posted on signs along Broad St. These were ignored by patrons of nearby businesses and the city after the initial problem had diminished. A new issue was raised when Richmond police began enforcing it again, leaving parking tickets for drivers to find when they returned from shows and dinner.
Tensions rose and business owners fought back. Rand, among them, was arrested in front of his own customers and employees when the issue was at its pinnacle. Richmonders, if this doesn’t show true devotion, “what does!?” Better things are now in store for the neighboring businesses of West Grace Street Association.
Something Every Night
The Camel is proud of many of its aspects. They offer great service, food, beers, and entertainment and there is always something happening.