William and Mary Real Estate Foundation
Tribe Square has been many years in the making. In February 2008 and July 2010, the Real Estate Foundation acquired 3 properties on Richmond Road. A new mixed-use retail and housing building, designed by Boyton Rothschild Rowland Architects, is complete on the one-acre site. The first floor is dedicated to 4 restaurants including The Crust, Pita Pit, Subway Cafe and MOOYAH. The Crust, a new restaurant concept developed by Baker's Crust, was the first eatery to open. It is serving its authentic wood-fired Neopolitan pizza, microbrews and other menu items. The Subway Cafe, which leverages the chain's partnership with Seattle's Best to embrace a coffeeshop ambiance and Pita Pit, which offers pita-bread sandwiches, soups and salads both opened in December 2011. MOOYAH, with its focus on burgers and fries, opened in April 2012. Both The Crust and Pita Pit face Richmond Road enabling them to offer large outdoor cafes for al fresco dining on private terraces. As part of the lease agreements, all the restaurants will remain open until at least 1 a.m.
The building's top two floors include 14 apartments housing 56 William & Mary students. The housing, which is managed by William & Mary's Office of Residence Life, was completely filled when students returned in August 2011. The parking lot behind the building is accessed from Scotland Street. A breezeway allows access to Richmond Road directly from the lot, which is reserved for retail patrons. The site is developed in a way that maintains a sense of place that is appropriate for a location so near the College and the Historic Area. It brings much-needed student dining options and College-operated housing close to campus. Harvey Lindsay Commercial Real Estate leased, on behalf of the William and Mary Real Estate Foundation, the restaurant space.