Swan Dive restaurant at 805 N. Davis Ave. in the Fan District is officially closed, according to a posting on the restaurant's Facebook page.
The restaurant has been closed since at least late-April, according to multiple readers who reached out to the Richmond Times-Dispatch in the last week of April / early May and in the weeks since to find out why the restaurant was closed.
Swan Dive owners chef Kevin Roberts and his wife, Rachelle Roberts, did not respond to multiple inquiries about the status of the restaurant in those weeks.
On Tuesday, May 21, the restaurant posted the following to its Facebook page - its first posting since the launch of Spring Richmond Restaurant Week, in which the restaurant participated:
"We sure are sorry to have kept you in the dark for so long! But as you may already realize, we have sold Swan Dive 💔
The decision to sell came after much thought and consideration. Ultimately, we realized we were unable to give Swan Dive the TLC it deserved while tending to our family and our other restaurant.
Please keep your eyes peeled for an exciting new culinary endeavor in the lovely space at 805 N Davis.
Endless thank-you's for all of your love and support.
There is no word on the new owners or a reopening date for a restaurant in the space.
The French-inspired restaurant took over the space that was previously The Betty on Davis and Avenue 805 before that. Richmond restaurateur Johnny Giavos bought the building from the Avenue 805 owners. He also owns the building and is a part owner and Roberts' other restaurant, Perly’s Restaurant & Delicatessen in downtown Richmond.
The Roberts opened Swan Dive in June 2018 after shuttering in November The Black Sheep, Roberts’ Carver District restaurant.