Plan for winery at Riggers Loft has important connection to upcoming Veteran’s Day event

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Plan for winery at Riggers Loft has important connection to upcoming Veteran's Day event.
Riggers Loft from the roof view. (Photo courtesy of Alten Construction)

In a Veteran’s Day ceremony on Nov. 11 connecting the Richmond waterfront’s proud past and bright future, the SS Red Oak Victory’s 70th anniversary will be celebrated in Riggers Loft, a historic building once used for assembling ship parts that will soon house a winery.

During last year’s annual Veteran’s Day celebration, Riggers Loft, located next to the Red Oak Victory on the former Kaiser shipyard, was dedicated following its renovation.

Alameda-based winery R & B Cellars hopes to begin operating in a portion of the building with more than a dozen employees early next year, said Councilmember Tom Butt, who secured the council votes to direct a state grant for the renovation of the building.

In late October, City Council is set to decide upon an agreement in which Chinese investors would put up $2 million to “get the site up and running,” Butt reported in his e-forum.

The future of Riggers Loft is just one reason to celebrate there on Veteran’s Day.  Starting at 10:30 a.m., the community is encouraged to attend a Grand Re-Launch of the Red Oak Victory, which was launched at the Kaiser Richmond shipyards during WWII.

A former crew member of the ship will attend the relaunch. On that day, free tours of the Red Oak Victory will be offered throughout the day, along with a USO style dance in Riggers Loft.

A 1945-style boxed lunch will be offered at $7.

The event is sponsored by the Richmond Museum of History, Chevron Richmond and the City of Richmond.

For more information, call the Richmond Museum of History at 510-235-7387 or the SS Red Oak Victory Ship at 510-237-2933.”

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