Before that little corner building was Garnett’s, it was Chiocca’s Park Avenue Inn for 40 years. F.T.Rea’s telling of the Chiocca family’s story (originally published in 2001) gives some of that background:
In these times of fast food, theme restaurants and faux fine dining, it’s getting harder every day to find an authentic neighborhood dive with dependable blue collar cuisine and a non-threatening atmosphere. Still, Richmond has a few left. At the top of the heap are the small quirky restaurants run by folks named Chiocca.