The 616

Danville Virginia now has a Farm to Table restaurant. Last weekend The 616 had its grand opening.

Ribbon cutting at The 616. The restaurant is in a part of town once known as Neapolis.

Ribbon cutting at The 616. The restaurant is in a part of town once known as Neapolis.

The executive chef (and part owner)Chris King is also a farmer. He and his partner Darcy Cropp own King Cropp Farm, one of a handful of local chemical-free farms. They are mainstays at our farmers market.

We’re excited to see Danville finally getting on board with Farm to Table. We’re especially pleased that our farm is one of the partner farms, and our food is on the menu. Because Chris and Darcy are farmers, they understand the seasonality of food production. The menu at The 616 will change daily, to reflect what is available locally.

We’re hoping the restaurant will be a great success.

21 comments on “The 616

  1. smcasson says:

    All the best to the restaurant endeavor. Congrats to you guys for being a producer! That’s exciting.


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  3. Laurie Graves says:

    Wonderful, Bill! Just think how many more people you will be feeding.


  4. BeeHappee says:

    It must be the most satisfying feeling to walk into a restaurant and see someone eat food you grew and cared for all season. To watch a kid taste some spaghetti squash for the first time and puff up their little lips and say: mmm, that’s good. 🙂


  5. Mary Ann Cauthen says:

    Wow- so encouraging!! I live in west central Georgia, & how I wish for such a place!! Best of luck to this endeavor. I enjoy your blog. Thanks. Mary Ann


    • Bill says:

      Thanks Mary Ann. In some places these days farm to table restaurants are very popular. But here it was a long time coming. But if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere! Hoping you have one in your community soon.


  6. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, one more small step for quality food in restaurants. I’m glad to hear that some comes from White Flint Farm.

    I had the best viewing of the Blood moon and eclipse right from the curb in front of my house. The sky was totally clear and the view was awesome. Every one on the block was outside watch the greatest heavenly event to be seen in years. The next one won’t be until 2033. In 18 years I probably won’t really care to watch to moon.

    Have a great day growing for the 616.


  7. shoreacres says:

    You know what’s funny? In 1977-80, one of my favorite places to eat was a little joint in Berkeley called Chez Panisse. There was this kooky owner named Alice Waters who seemed to think that in season, local food, well-prepared, would attract diners.

    It certainly did. We couldn’t afford to eat there often, but a couple of times a month we did, just because the food was so good. The menu has changed over time, of course, but I see a couple of the items I loved — including her gazpacho — still are on the menu.

    I just checked the menu offerings and prices for this week. May your local farm-to-table restaurant do so well!


  8. I think it takes courage to open a restaurant, just like it takes courage to become a farmer. The best of luck to them. –Curt


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