Strange Matter, the restaurant, arcade and live music venue at 929 W. Grace St., is closing.
If you don’t know the name, you certainly know the spot. The building has housed some version of a music venue on Grace Street for at least 40 years and was probably best known for its incarnation in the 1990s as Twisters, a beloved venue of Richmond heavy metal band GWAR.
Over the years, the space built in 1900 has housed Bagel Czar, Nanci Raygun, Twisters, The Back Door, Hababa’s and 929 Cafe. In the 1950s and 1960s, it was home to R.L. Christian & Co., a gourmet grocer.
Strange Matter is closing next month, according to a Facebook post from the restaurant.
“It is with a very heavy heart that after nearly a decade in operation, Strange Matter will be closing the doors at 929 W. Grace Street in mid-December. All good things must come to an end, and the time is now for the owners to start new chapters in their lives and send the business out on a high note. Please respect the privacy of our hardworking staff while everybody processes this in their own way (unless, of course, you’d like to offer them work).”
Representatives from the restaurant couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Right now, the future of the space is unknown. However, the restaurant’s Facebook post was recently amended to add:
“We can only hope that the building will again be a home for creatives and used for what we feel it should be, but only time will tell. For now, the Richmond music landscape couldn’t be stronger, with more new venues than ever and more killer locals than ever before — please continue to support this community!”