About


The Roosevelt is a neighborhood restaurant in a turn-of-the-last-century building in Church Hill, Richmond's oldest neighborhood. Our food is an untraditional celebration of the food of the South, served alongside a great wine list, a hearty roster of regional beers, and a selection of craft cocktails that'll knock your socks off.

The Roosevelt opened in Richmond, Virginia, in July 2011, to public and critical acclaim. The Roosevelt was named 2012 Restaurant of the Year by Style Magazine, Best New Restaurant in the Region by Richmond Magazine and awarded an Elby as the city's Best New Restaurant. The Roosevelt was again awarded Elbys in 2013 & 2017 for Best Cocktail Program, and in 2014 for Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year.

Richmond native Chef Matt Kirwan began his culinary career at the Country Club of Virginia at the age of sixteen. He worked at the West End staple Eurasia, and was later the opening sous chef at The Rogue Gentlemen (Rogue). After moving to New York in 2015, Kirwan worked at The Little Prince in SoHo as well as Virginia's in the Lower East Side. Returning to Richmond in the fall of 2017, Matt assisted in the opening of The Shaved Duck Restaurant as the executive chef.

With over 12 years of experience in the restaurant industry, Bar Manager Cary Carpenter began his foray into craft beer & wine as the beverage manager at Charlottesville’s Revolutionary Soup. As a founding partner of hometown favorite, The Whiskey Jar, he honed his skills crafting speciality cocktails and curating an extensive craft beer selection. He continued his bar management career after moving to Richmond in 2016, overseeing the build out and opening of Champion Brewing Company, revamping the cocktail program at Lunch or Supper, and working as part of the team at Laura Lee’s.

Mark W. Herndon is an owner/partner in multiple restaurant ventures, including Buckhead’s Restaurant & Chop House, Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee located throughout Virginia and Washington DC with the original location in Richmond; and Square Burger, a casual dining concept in McKinney, Texas. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Mark was previously the chef at Virginia's Executive Mansion, serving under three governors. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of VCB Financial Group andVirginia Commonwealth Bank's Community Board. Additionally Mark is a past board member of the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association and for Reynolds Community College Culinary and Hospitality Program, and the non-profit, The Doorways.

In addition to The Roosevelt, Kendra Feather owns 3 other restaurants in Richmond, Virginia. She opened Ipanema Cafe in 1998, Garnett's Cafe followed in 2009, and Laura Lee's opened in September 2016. Feather was also a founding partner in WPA Bakery in November 2012. She was named Restaurateur of the Year by Richmond Magazine in 2013, and featured in The Virginia Table in 2015.