On a roll, restaurant group plans sushi spot in Short Pump

GreenGate will add a new group of retail and office buildings. Image courtesy of Markel|Eagle.

GreenGate will add several new office, retail and restaurant buildings to the Short Pump area. Image courtesy of Markel | Eagle.

One of Richmond’s biggest restaurant groups plans to open another venture in a burgeoning Short Pump development.

Chris Tsui and his Eat Restaurant Partners plan to open a restaurant in 2017 in a 6,100-square-foot space at Markel | Eagle Partners’ GreenGate Development. The new eatery’s name has not been finalized, Tsui said.

“It’s a sushi and steak house,” Tsui said. “Not the hibachi-style steak house – probably a little more traditional.”

Eat Restaurant Partners owns Fat Dragon in Scott’s Addition, Foo Dog in the Fan, Blue Goat in the West End, Osaka Sushi & Steak near University of Richmond, and Wild Ginger in Midlothian. The company has also announced plans to open Boulevard Burger & Brew on the edge of Scott’s Addition and an eatery along East Grace Street downtown.

GreenGate is in development west of Short Pump Town Center along West Broad Street. The mixed-use project is set to break ground this month, once the weather clears up, said J.B. Gurley, a principal with developer and private equity firm Markel | Eagle. Plans call for 180,000 square feet of retail and office space, 200 single-family homes and 50 townhomes.

Representing the landlord in the lease were Peter Vick and Harrison Hall, both of NAI Eagle, a brokerage that falls under the Markel umbrella alongside the developer.

Tsui has done business in Short Pump before. He said he and Hai Truong ran Osaka Sushi and Steak – a predecessor of sorts to the current Osaka – in the Downtown Short Pump strip center between 2001 and 2013. That restaurant was eventually replaced by a now-closed Japanese eatery.

Tsui said he looks forward to operating in the area again.

“We definitely like that new developing area of Short Pump,” Tsui said. “We also like the fact that Michelle Williams of Richmond Restaurant Group is going there also.”

It was announced in October that Williams’ Richmond Restaurant Group planned to open a second location of Carytown’s The Daily Kitchen & Bar at GreenGate. The development, which will also be home to a 36,000-square-foot Lidl grocery store, is expected to open to tenants in 2016.

“Our vision has been to try to create a slice of old Richmond,” Gurley said. “We think we’ve made some great strides in that direction.”

Gurley said more restaurant tenants are in the works for GreenGate.

“I’ve got a pile on my desk of similar deals to announce,” he said.

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