Greenleaf's boasts 12 regulation Brunswick Gold Crown Tables, a bar serving upscale cocktails and craft beer, and food that has gotten rave reviews from Style Weekly, Richmond Times Dispatch and RVA Mag.
Jim Gottier aka Carpet Jimmy fell in love with Richmond on a national tour to find the right town to open a fresh take on an historic American pool room. Greenleaf's opened in August 2014 and is named after Ralph Greenleaf, a 20-time world pocket billiards champion in the 1920s and 30s.
Greenleaf's is unique. Subway tiles add a 1930s diner feel; the original terrazzo tile floors and high ceilings invoke Richmond's industrial chic trend; and Aureliano Lorenzo's colorful Mexican folk art paintings bring the room alive. Greenleaf's is well-lit, female friendly and fanciful.
The restaurant wows guests with griddled onion dip, deviled eggs, blistered shishito peppers and grilled meat skewers with dipping sauce, or with "slider" platters of house made sloppy joes, French dip, grilled cheese or tuna melts. Chef Hannah Pollack's ice cream sandwiches cap any party or meal.
A personal "house pro" can be scheduled for a party for $100, and Jim or general manager Jesse are on hand to give tips on trick shots or other fun games for guests. With a lesson guarantee, "You will suck less", the demo gives an educational and memorable twist and can serve to keep folks engaged throughout the event.
Greenleafs can set groups up for events such as mini tournaments and challenge matches, scotch doubles or individual, to give an event more structure and make sure everyone picks up a cue. There is also the "spot shot challenge" which involves taking 1 set up shot (1 try only) - with a prize to whoever makes it!.
There are three private party options, depending on the size and type of payment structure desired.
Option 1: Pay Per Hour (Advance Table Reservation)
This selection is the most straight forward, and a great option if people will order food and drink independently.
Option 2: Open Bar/Food ("Food and Bar Guarantee")
Pool Time is free with applied food and drink minimums. Minimums are:
Option 3. Price per head ("Guaranteed Pricing")
This is the ideal option for organizers who are paying for everyone and who want a guaranteed price.
The entire pool room can be rented out to private parties with advance notice. There are no private rooms, but there are options for discrete group spaces.
There is street parking and multiple paid lots nearby.
Generally, the pool room is over 21 after 6pm. Certain exceptions to this may be available upon request.
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