Culinard to Open Kitchen on Cary in Richmond September 30

Sep 27, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. – September 27, 2013 – Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College in Richmond, is pleased to announce that its new restaurant, Kitchen on Cary, is scheduled to open Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Located in Richmond's historic Shockoe Slip at 1331 E. Cary St., the restaurant will serve dinner Monday through Thursday, and Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant will be open from 4:30 until 11 p.m. Kitchen on Cary will also offer lunch and a Sunday Brunch in just a few weeks after opening.  

Kitchen on Cary is modeled after the Culinard restaurant in Mobile, Ala., Kitchen on George, which was voted "Best New Restaurant" in the fine dining category of Lagniappe magazine's 2012 Nappie Awards. Kitchen on Cary will follow Kitchen on George's successful example in fashioning its menu and décor.

"I could not be more thrilled about the grand opening of Culinard's new restaurant, Kitchen on Cary," says Ron Patak, vice president of student retail operations at Culinard. "After the success of Kitchen on George in Mobile, we know Kitchen on Cary will bring affordable fine dining to Richmond. The restaurant will also serve our students by providing them with hands-on experience inside a professional restaurant."

Located in a historic neighborhood of cobblestone streets and alleyways beside the city's Financial District, the new restaurant will be a substantial investment to the city of Richmond as Virginia College is committed to the Richmond area by creating new jobs and growing the local economy.  The restaurant's menu will consist of a wide variety of fresh, contemporary American food, which guests can enjoy in small plates offering the palette a selection of diverse cuisine, or as larger traditional entrées. Whenever possible, locally sourced ingredients will be used to provide patrons with the fresh, bright flavors of the region. An extensive selection of fine wines will also be offered.

A complete staff of experienced restaurant professionals will operate Kitchen on Cary, which will also provide training and experience to students while offering a first-class dining experience to patrons. Students at Culinard spend part of each term gaining real-world restaurant experience, and in their final term must serve an externship either in a school-affiliated operation or in another restaurant in the community. "Our students learn not only the nuts and bolts of the restaurant business, but are exposed to the culture of the restaurant world throughout their training," says Patak. Since opening, Culinard has trained more than 1,000 chefs and has been consistently recognized as an exemplary program by the American Culinary Federation.

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About Culinard, Virginia College and Education Corporation of America

Birmingham, Ala.-based Education Corporation of America is a leader in the post-secondary career school market with current enrollment of over 19,000 students. Holdings include Virginia College, founded in 1983, a private institution of higher education that offers non-degree and associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs in the areas of Health and Medical, Business, Information Technology, Interior Design, Computer Design, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and more with locations in 25 different cities in the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas. Virginia College also offers classes online via and operates Culinard, the Culinary Institute of Virginia College. ECA also owns and operates the New England College of Business and Finance in Massachusetts, Golf Academy of America schools in California, Arizona, South Carolina, Texas and Florida as well as Ecotech Institute in Colorado, which is the first and only college focused on preparing students for careers in renewable energy and sustainable design.

ECA schools are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For more information, contact Diane Worthington at or (205) 329-7911.