The fifth addition to a Richmond restaurant group’s portfolio was unleashed last week.
Chris Tsui and his EAT Restaurant Partners opened Foo Dog on April 1 at 1537 W. Main St. The 2,200-square-foot restaurant was formerly the Main Art & Frame shop and is the first spot EAT to open in the Fan.
Foo Dog serves items influenced by Asian street cuisine.
“When we first looked in the Fan, there were not a whole lot of Asian restaurant options,” Tsui said.
Asian food has “always been popular. I’m sure us and other folks might try to fill that void.”
EAT also owns the Blue Goat at Libbie and Grove avenues, Osaka Sushi & Steak on Huguenot Road, Wild Ginger in Midlothian and Fat Dragon on North Boulevard, not far from Foo Dog.
“Fat Dragon focuses on more Chinese food,” Tsui said. “Foo Dog is more from the different countries of Asia – Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, China. It’s a little bit of each country.”
EAT bought the former Main Art & Frame shop in September for $550,000. Tsui wouldn’t say how much he spent to renovate the space and the two apartments above it. More than $300,000 in building permits have been issued for the property since September, according to city records.
“It probably took about five months for the build out,” Tsui said.
Tsui said he plans to wait a few months before adding lunch service.
A few blocks west of Foo Dog, another Asian restaurant is on the rise. Sonny and Vow Kiatsuranon plan to open Fan Noodle Bar in April at 2301 W. Main St. Farther downtown, Sonny’s mother, Sukanya Pala-art, opened a second Mom’s Siam at 1309 E. Cary St. last week.