The Factory Bar gets planning commission nod

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The Factory Bar received unanimous approval from the Richmond Planning Commission earlier this month to launch at 12513 San Pablo Ave., near Clinton Ave.
The Factory Bar received unanimous approval from the Richmond Planning Commission earlier this month to launch at 12513 San Pablo Ave., near Clinton Ave.

The Factory Bar received unanimous approval from the Richmond Planning Commission earlier this month to launch at 12513 San Pablo Ave., near Clinton Ave.

The Richmond-themed bar will feature an outdoor patio and aims to serve signature cocktails named after Richmond legends along with Richmond-based beers, wine, art and entertainment.

The plans include significant physical improvements to the building, including to the facade and interior. Currently, the property is used as offices, a religious gathering space and for storage.

The Factory Bar received widespread community support following outreach meetings, although some neighbors expressed concerns over parking and late-night noise.

One condition of the Planning Commission’s permit approval requires the Factory Bar to close its outdoor patio at 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

According to city documents, the business will feature a modern bar with new restrooms and bar areas, changes to existing roll-up doors that will invite more light into the space, and a new outdoor patio to include furniture, fire pits, landscaping and a noise-deflecting separating wall. Owners are in talks with the nearby Pup Hut on the possibility of additional evening parking. Bicycle parking is also planned for the site.

The Factory Bar aims to celebrate Richmond’s history, community and local businesses, said owner and architect Marcus Hibser, who called the new venture a “passion project.”

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“We’ve been really excited to provide a community place in the City of Richmond where people can come, have a comfortable area to meet with their friends, have a birthday party,” Hibser said. “It’s something we noticed is missing in the area.”

For more information and updates, visit The Factory Bar’s website here, and its Facebook page here.

2 COMMENTS

  1. the owners of the factory bar are telling the community members that they will not have live music past 10:30 PM and that is important to us. we hope they keep their promise. the street directly behind the future site of the factory bar is a residential street with multi generational families living there, grandchildren living with their parents and grandparents who have been residents of richmond for half a century or more and expect their neighborhood to be respected. the street behind the future bar is a quiet and clean and harmonious street.

  2. If they are in communication with Pup Hut to use their parking lot that says they don’t have enough private parking for their business and many will have to park on the street.What happens if they decide to hold events? with more parking.

    I would not want to be one of the neighbors behind them. I can’t imagine music every night? until 1030 unless they use sound proofing.

    Does Richmond really need a bar to put more drinking drivers on the street?

    I also wonder how this would affect their property value if ever decided to sell.. It would not be very appealing to have a Bar business with music right in your own back yard. Hopefully it will sort it all out just my own personal thoughts about it. I’ll give it a chance and hope for the best.

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