A well-known restauranteur is now serving up noodles and dumplings a few doors down from his original Richmond outpost.
Peter Chang opened his chain’s first specialized restaurant concept called Noodles & Dumplings Monday in a Wal-Mart-anchored shopping center at 11408 W. Broad St. in Short Pump.
The nearly 3,500-square-foot unit was formerly occupied by Bella’s Italian restaurant, which abruptly closed in 2015.
Noodles & Dumplings’ opening marks Chang’s third restaurant in metro Richmond and sits a few storefronts away from Peter Chang’s – the chef’s inaugural restaurant to the Richmond market that opened in 2012.
He opened the second Peter Chang’s restaurant venture at 2816 W. Broad St. in the Hofheimer Building in Scott’s Addition earlier this year.
In addition to his Richmond spots, Chang has restaurants in Fredericksburg, Charlottesville,
Arlington, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Northern Virginia and southern Maryland.
Jim Ashby and Richard Thalhimer, brokers with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, represented the landlord of the shopping center – Richmond-based Atlantic Development and Acquisition – during the lease transaction last spring.
Nancy Wan, a Realtor and attorney with First Choice Realty, represented Chang.
Noodles & Dumplings serves a number of seafood, chicken and beef dishes using house made noodles and dumplings, according to its menu. The eatery also serves Chinese teppanyaki and steamed bao.
With Noodles & Dumplings open, Chang appears to be on the grow again.
Wan said Chang wants to open similar specialized restaurant concepts in larger cities across the state, including Richmond. She added Chang is also targeting areas in and around metro D.C.
“He’s ready to introduce more specialty food restaurants,” Wan said of Chang’s future expansion. “We’re working on some plans that achieve his concept.”