Before West Grace South - 1
The history of the southern side of West Grace Street prior to the building of the West Grace Residence Center South is very sparce.
According to the 1976 VCU Master Plan and going forward through until the building of the residence centers it is only populated by a singular building and the remainder was used as university parking.
In the black and white photo dated in 1989 you see that at the corner of Laurel and Grace Streets on the northern side you have Lums Restaurant and on the southern side you have a Burger King with parking on either side of the building.
In the mid to late 1990's through the early 2000's the former Burger King was converted in a Mr. Submarine sandwich shop and moonlighted as a dance club in the rear called Daddioz. It would remain a Mr. Submarine until the later part of the mid 2000's when it was purchased and converted into Sahara Hookah Lounge.
The parking lot on the corner of Laurel and Grace is now a multi level parking garage with the parking lot on the opposite side becoming part of the residence center. VCU has recently purchased the land from Saharah but no plans have been released about it's future use.
Photo credits: http://fanofthefan.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/getimg-1989.jpg