Former Chef of Upper Shirley Vineyards Opens the Supper Club Market in Tuckahoe

Husband and wife team Carlisle Bannister and Kristi Dubroque recently opened the Supper Club neighborhood market in the Tuckahoe Shopping Center. (Images courtesy of Kat Super / Supper Club)

After cashing in at Upper Shirley Vineyards, a local chef is embarking on his next path.

Supper Club, a neighborhood market co-founded by Carlisle Bannister, opened in late May in the Tuckahoe Shopping Center, occupying part of the storefront that was once an Impulse consignment store.

Takeaway and fast fried chicken are supper club staples. The market also sells cut meat, seafood, produce, baked goods, craft beer, wine, and other items.

“A big part of what people come for is prepared foods. We have everything from whole meals to side items to what we call pantry, which are things like pepper cheese and potato salad,” Bannister said. “We are happy with the sales and the number of people coming. It exceeded our expectations.”

Bannister was previously a chef and partner at Upper Shirley in Charles City County. He sold his stake in the vineyard earlier this year and is now focused on running the Supper Club, which he co-founded with his wife, Kristi Dubroque, the market owner.

“It was a great way to end this chapter and start a new one, I am really happy and I wish them the best,” he said.

Market takeaway prices range from $15 to $18, while fried chicken meals range from $8 for a two-piece meal and about $23 for an eight-piece family meal.

The market sources its ingredients and stock from suppliers such as Maryland-based Buckhead Meats, Kirby Farms in Hanover, Goochland-based Greenswell Growers, and Bombolini in the Fan, among others.

The Supper Club sells takeaways, baked goods, cheese, and other items.

Bannister said he plans to bring an internal delivery service to the market.

“We want to get to where we can order online for ready-to-eat food delivery. A lot of people are asking about that,” he said.

Bannister declined to share the investment in a 2,800-square-foot building at 417 N. Ridge Road, but said it was higher than initially expected. He told Business last year that the plan was to invest $200,000 in construction.

He said inflation and lack of equipment and building materials contributed to the difficulty of construction and increased the cost of the project, which has been in the works for nearly a year.

“Building was absolutely the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. We poured our guts, sweat, tears, blood and all our money into the project. RVA Developing Services was the general contractor for the project.

However, staffing was a bright spot in the run-up to the opening.

“We’ve been able to get good, quality help, and I know a lot of people in the hospitality industry struggle to get good help,” Bannister said. We’ve got neighborhood support. Everyone was interested in coming to work at a shiny new company.”

The Supper Club joins Providence Hill Real Estate, which has taken over the other half of the former Impulse storefront. Providence Hill is located at 419 N. Ridge Road.

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