#RVA Pride is what keeps us in Richmond. #RVAPride is what we love and do in the city. #RVAPride is businesses, people, place, and things that support the LGBT community here in Richmond. #RVAPride is a campaign to help bring LGBT people to Richmond. Get in on the fun, use #RVAPride on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and help grow this city into the space we want it to be.
Justin Ayars is one of the owners and operators of 2113 Bistro, a hip, upscale dining spot located in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom. Just like the City of Richmond, 2113 Bistro embraces both innovation and tradition. Housed in an old tobacco warehouse, 2113 Bistro unites the city’s cosmopolitan energy with the proud cultural traditions of the region. Ayars spoke with GayRVA about why he has #RVAPride.
Why are you participating in this campaign?
It’s important to me to show people who live in the community and those who don’t that Richmond is an LGBT friendly place to do business and to live.
If you were to bring a LGBT friend/family member to Richmond, why would you take them to your establishment?
I don’t think I’d take someone who’s LGBT any one particular place. I’d certainly take them to my place because if they had a significant other, they could feel comfortable interacting with him or her as they normally would in the privacy of their own home without the fear of being judged by other customers or staff and that’s why we consider ourselves LGBT friendly. Being part of the LGBT community is just the same as having a friend with dark skin or white hair or a certain face. It’s just one thing that makes up who you are. I’d feel comfortable taking them anywhere.
Why are you proud to be a part of or support the LGBT community here in Richmond?
As the entire city and economy grows, it’s important to be a part of the LGBT community so that they grow with the city and they are represented in a fair way so that the city can continue to grow and pay attention to issues that really matter.