Update: The Tobacco Company restaurant, which has been closed since July 2017 due to a fire - is still working on its repairs to get reopen.

Here's that latest from the Shockoe Slip's marketing rep, David Campbell.

"The Tobacco Company Restaurant renovations are taking longer than projected but be assured they are working hard every day on getting the restaurant open, and plan for a late fall opening date," he wrote in an email to the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Sept. 17, 2018.

We'll keep you posted.

Previous from June 26:

I know, I know, I know - y'all are all wondering about a reopening date for The Tobacco Company restaurant. I know, because you email me all the time.

But I'm in - that's my job. And I want to know, too.

Here's the latest from The Tobacco Company marketing representative David Campbell, who has diligently provided updates since a fire tore through the historic restaurant space nearly a year ago:

"Things are look good. The AC is working, all the hardwood floors are getting their last lacquer coating... The kitchen equipment has all been installed and is being tested. The newest thing people will see is our new Art Deco Lounge which took the place of the Victorian Lounge. The entire room is new, with banquette-wall seating and an Art Decor Bar. We are hoping for a late August opening," Campbell wrote in an email to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The previous updates were that the restaurant would reopen in April 2018 and then early summer. But it was a fire, and things take time.

For background, on July 8, 2017, a three-alarm fire started in the kitchen area on the first floor of the restaurant and spread to three floors.

The fire was marked under control two hours later, but not before significant damage was done to the restaurant and its basement-level club space. About 10 employees were working inside the building when the fire occurred, but there were no injuries; one person was treated for smoke inhalation.

The Tobacco Company restaurant opened in a renovated 1860s tobacco warehouse in July 1977 at 1201 E. Cary St. The fired occurred one week shy of the restaurant's 40th anniversary.

We'll keep you posted on this, per usual.

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