Our Story

Charles Ellen

Founder & Owner


General Manager

Our storefront is new, but inspiration for The Good Leaf has been germinating with Founder/Owner Charles Ellen for years.

What if healthy eating were tasty and easy? In a great food town like Richmond, VA – it should be. That’s what Owner/Operator Charles Ellen thought.Together with veteran restaurateur Matthew Lawrence, the idea grew from there.

A strong community of local growers and producers support a tempting menu at The Good Leaf that includes locally sourced, seasonal salads and soups year-round.

The flagship store in eclectic, urban Carytown feels as fresh and natural as our food. Step inside to unwind in an eco-friendly environment of raw wood, glass and sunshine and a lush living wall intentionally designed with your well-being in mind. Choose meals from a constantly changing menu board of fresh, local and house-made options.

Welcome to your new go-to spot for healthy food that tastes as good as it feels.