Steak of America: Bank building has restaurant in its future

The Downtown Mall will be Bank of America-less, but will have another steakhouse.  
Staff photo The Downtown Mall will be Bank of America-less, but will have another steakhouse. Staff photo

When Bank of America closes its branch doors downtown in February, it leaves a grand 1916 building in its wake that will house a steakhouse, according to building owner Hunter Craig.

And while he declined to identify the grilled meat purveyor, he did say it would be locally owned, not a national chain.

Also inhabiting 300 E. Main St., which began as Peoples Bank and during its 100-year history has morphed into Virginia National Bank, Sovran Bank and NationsBank before Bank of America, will be… another bank.

“Not Virginia National Bank,” specified Craig, who sits on the VNB board of directors.

Other as-yet-undisclosed tenants will lease office space in the building.

The bank’s interior soars. Staff photo


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