Wong Gonzalez on deck for East Grace Street

The building is being transformed by EAT Restaurant Partners and Monument Cos. Photos by Michael Thompson.

The building is being transformed by EAT Restaurant Partners and Monument Cos. Photos by Michael Thompson.

One of Richmond’s busiest restaurant groups has unwrapped its plans for a downtown eatery.

Chris Tsui of Eat Restaurant Partners said he and his partners plan to open Wong Gonzalez in July at 412 E. Grace St. downtown. Plans call for a “bar-focused” restaurant with a menu that combines Asian and Mexican fare.

“I thought it would fit the area pretty well,” Tsui said. “It will be a more approachable menu. The price points will be low, approachable.”

Tsui would not say what it is expected to cost to open Wong Gonzalez. He owns the 3,800-square-foot restaurant space and the two apartments above it along with Chris Johnson and Tom Dickey of the Monument Cos.

Eat Restaurant Partners also owns the recently opened Boulevard Burger & Brew, as well as 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 also has a new sushi restaurant in the works in the forthcoming GreenGate development in Short Pump.

Wong Gonzalez will join a host of restaurants that have opened along East Grace Street, including Pasture, Rappahannock, Julep’s and Lucca Enoteca Pizzeria. A new sandwich shop is also in the works at the corner of East Grace and Fifth streets.

At least one restaurant has closed in recent days in the area: Kenn-Tico Cuban Bar & Grill at 204 E. Grace St. is no longer open, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch report.

 

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