The Lindsey Food Group expands its restaurant reign with new upscale steakhouse concept

ML Steak is preparing to open in the former Fatty Smokes location downtown (328 E. Broad St.) in early September. The “ML” stands for Michael Lindsey, the chef and co-owner of five other Richmond restaurants.

He and his wife + Lindsey Food Group co-owner Kimberly Love-Lindsey have extensive experience in hospitality, dining + cultural traditions in cuisine. We chatted with the multitasking maestro this week about what makes this restaurant different from his other ventures.

“ML Steak will have a bigger menu with a focus on upscale chophouse dining experience,” Michael said. “ML Steak won’t be a stuffy old school type… We will have an area with soft seating which can be reserved for special occasions for that VIP feel.”

A piece of steak marinates.

ML Steak has more than A1 sauce for its steak fixins. | Photo by @mlsteak.rva

The menu will feature mainly smoked meats, but will also include seafood + vegetarian entrees. The bar will offer local wines and specialty cocktails. We asked Michael what’s special about being a part of Richmonds food scene.

“It’s just a great place to be creative and be a restaurateur,” Michael said.

Here’s a look at the other restaurants the Lindsey Food Group runs:

  • Lillie Pearl | 416 E. Grace St. | Global influences on traditional Southern comfort foods
  • Buttermilk and Honey | Multiple locations | Fried chicken sandwiches in a fast casual concept in Hatch Local Food Hall + West Broad Marketplace
  • Jubilee | 1303 Hull St. | The seasonal menu features new entrees + desserts every few months.
  • Bully Burger | 400 Hull St. | Bacon, brunch + classic burgers, also found at Hatch.

Michael says he hopes to get more into Caribbean cuisine in the future, but is focusing on ML Steak’s upscale meats for its opening next month.

Fall is about to be fantastic for Richmond foodies. 🍽

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