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Yamafuji Japanese Restaurant (Royal Dairy)

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Royal Dairy
1947. 241 Chester St.
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)
  • (Photograph by D Hughes)

Until it closed in 2007, Royal Dairy served thousands of gallons of ice cream to residents and tourists. During the mid-twentieth century many dairies in dairy-rich regions of Virginia operated restaurants specializing in ice cream treats, but most have disappeared. The one-story combination restaurant and former dairy-processing plant is a sleek Moderne building faced with glazed cream-colored tiles and yellow brick courses. Glass blocks frame the central entrance. The building's clean, streamlined image and popular milk shakes made the former Royal Dairy a local landmark.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Yamafuji Japanese Restaurant (Royal Dairy)", [Front Royal, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 65-65.

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