A former cabinet shop will be transformed into the latest arrival in the Short Pump restaurant scene.
Jennifer Chen plans to open Seven Stars Asian Café at 11331 W. Broad St. in Short Pump Station, next to West Broad Village. The family business has a 10-year lease on the 3,200-square-foot space that’s neighbor to Trader Joe’s, Petco and other retailers.
Seven Stars will serve Korean barbecue, Chinese, Japanese and Thai food.
Chen previously worked at restaurants her family owned in the area.
“We always wanted to open a restaurant in the Short Pump area,” Chen said. “I feel it is the heart of Richmond.”
The space was left vacant when Old River Cabinets went bankrupt in 2012.
Chen, 31, would not say how much it will cost to renovate the space. About $15,000 in building permits have been filed for the property to date, according to county records, and renovation plans include the addition of a mezzanine. Chen said she is financing the venture with family money.
Short Pump Station is owned by Connecticut-based AmCap Inc. Broker David Andrews of The Shopping Center Group handles the leasing there.
Chen said she wants to open Seven Stars before the end of the year. She said she hopes a diverse menu will help draw in groups who can’t agree on where to dine. Entrees would cost between $10 and $20, she said.
“Some people want Chinese food, some people want Japanese food, some people want Thai – here we have all three,” she said.