The Halligan Bar and Grill, a top notch Bar-B-Q restaurant, a fantastically unique bar and virtual museum of all things fire, is dedicated to serving Richmond’s best Bar-B-Q in an atmosphere that is welcoming and awe inspiring. The Fire service theme that separates the Halligan Bar and Grill from any other place on earth is definitely not an accident. The owner is a retired Fire Lieutenant of over 20 years’ service to the citizens of Henrico County VA. Therefore the pride and passion in delivering an outstanding product in a unique environment by amazing people is still thriving in The Halligan Bar and Grill just as it has for generations in the fire service. We take an enormous amount of time to deliver the best smoked meats and homemade sides that can be found in this city. The attention to detail with this concept is second to none as even the name of the place is also a tool popularly used in most fire departments today. The Halligan Bar.
It was an unusually cold day in March 2007 when a 39 year old firefighter stood inside what would become the dining room at the new firefighter themed BBQ restaurant in the Shockoe Bottom. Nestled in the heart of city’s river district at the Farmers Market this historic building that dates back to 1833 and survived the fires of Richmond set by the retreating confederate Army would ironically be the home of central Virginia’s only firefighter themed restaurant and bar. A real fire engine was cut in half and hung on the wall behind the bar and houses the beer taps and spirits shelves. Opening in January 2008 to crowds lined up around the block and fire fighters that had come from miles around to fellowship in the ambience they helped create brought to light a problem that would soon have to be faced. The place was small, it filled quickly each day. It was not unusual to know most everyone in the place at any given time and has been dubbed the “Cheers” of the south. A decision was made in January 2010 to expand and the hunt was on for a suitable location to build a larger Halligan Bar. After an exhaustive build out the ribbon was finally cut and a brand new 260 seat Halligan Bar and Grill in the West Broad Village community of Short Pump was opened with much fanfare. Large enough and specifically designed to support the additional workload of a full service catering department, this location allowed the company to move full force into catering which proved to be exceptionally popular. The centerpiece of that location is the 1967 Oren firetruck that serves as the bar complete with seating in the hose bed and beer that pours from the pump panel. In 2014 the company took advantage of a concept shift and opened its first Bar-B-Q express location inside the corporate limits of Ashland. This concept, though challenging in the beginning, has proven to be a beneficial asset in the company portfolio.
The company currently employs over 80 people, has 3 locations, a corporate office, a catering warehouse and a fleet of vehicles including two retired yet road worthy firetrucks that serve in the catering department. With one having a smoker built into the back and the other able to carry and pour beer these items are very popular eye catchers and make anyplace they go an instant party.