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Chef Brittanny Anderson black lodge aims to be Scott’s Addition’s most upscale dive bar. Few places in Richmond offer diners such a range of flavor combinations, from fine caviar with a well-crafted cocktail to a hot dog roll paired with a Bud Heavy. Since reopening in 2021, Black Lodge has functioned as the friendly neighborhood bar Scott’s Addition badly needed in a context of seemingly endless breweries and barcades.
Anderson, co-owner and chef, describes it as a relaxing spot that sits somewhere between high-end and diving. His third business in town, Black Lodge, changed from a cafe/café to a bar after the owners realized that one cafe wasn’t going to cut it. James Kohler, co-owner and beverage manager, wanted to move to a late-night bar where you could still grab a hot meal, hence the $5 hot dog rolls placed prominently at the front of the bar, available long after the main kitchen closes. .
“I developed the drink menu with a focus on the drinks I wanted to have after I left work,” says Kohler. “That includes price and content. I focused on retooling some classics. We prepare drinks in a way to get them out as quickly as possible with less focus on the bartending aspect. We wanted time to get to know the name and face of the person at the bar.
Their version of a classic Boilermaker, dubbed the Dressed Up Pony, is a perfect example. The concoction features a Miller High Life pony beer with bourbon and ginger added to the bottle. Excess beer comes in a shot glass with your cocktail for $8. All Black Lodge’s food comes from the same kitchen as Brenner Pass next door, which was featured in Bon Appetit as a must-visit restaurant in Richmond, so you know it’s good.
How did Anderson choose the menu for this budding dive bar? “I chose the food I wanted to eat at the bar,” she says. “I wanted to connect the bar food with the ingredients we use at the Brenner Pass.”
This is why you will find on the menu atypical bar dishes such as your choice of three different types of caviar: paddlefish, smoked trout or sturgeon. You can get two shots and caviar for 30 dollars. It’s been a more popular menu item than expected, according to Anderson.
If you are a beginner try one of their hot dogs. These sausages are served with delicious toppings that you might never have considered putting on a bun. For example, the Alpine Dog is topped with fondue and fried onions. The Russian dog is topped with pickled beets, hard-boiled eggs and trout roe. If you’re hungry and not sure what to order, go for the Tower of Power; imagine a seafood tower, but instead of shrimp and fish, it has multiple tiers of hot dogs, wings, slushy patties, and fries.
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Not a meat lover? There is always an off-menu vegan sandwich and the option to upgrade to a vegan hot dog. For people looking for simpler dishes, the two owners also talked about their love of melted dough and the newly added fish and chips.
Recently, Black Lodge has supplemented its typical offerings by hosting local pop-ups and chefs. In March, Royal Pig took over the kitchen serving Cambodian food. The dive bar also hosted Manny Eats for a four-course West African dinner paired with wines. “Any chance we get to let others shine in space and show people what they’re doing is good for us,” Anderson says.
Fans should be on the lookout for more special events in the near future. Despite the pop-ups’ popularity, the place’s charm remains its unassuming late-night comfort mixed with a seasoned chef’s knowledge of the finer things. So if you’re looking for a late-night hot dog or coterie of caviars, stop by Black Lodge and meet your local bartender. The industry people are already there. ..
Black Lodge is located at 3200 Rockbridge St. #101 Check the website here for more information. They are open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to midnight. On Friday and Saturday they stay open until 2 a.m.