BBQ joint smoked out of Short Pump center; sushi rolling in

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Q Barbeque closed its Short Pump location at 11871 W. Broad St. (J. Elias O’Neal)

A local barbecue chain is out after five years at a Kroger-anchored Short Pump retail development, while a California-based sushi brand is planning to move in.

Q Barbeque has closed its Corner at Short Pump location at 11871 W. Broad St.

A sign on the door said the restaurant group shuttered the nearly 3,600-square-foot outpost in late September.

The space, as well as the entire shopping center, is for lease with Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer brokers Connie Jordan Nielsen, Nicki Jassy and Alicia Farrell.

“We truly appreciate the loyal patronage to our Short Pump location over the past five years,” the note said. “We have chosen to refocus our company efforts on our other Richmond-area locations.”

Owner and operator Tuffy Stone could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.

Q Barbeque operates restaurants near Virginia Center Commons, in Midlothian near Walmart and Sam’s Club; and another along Hull Street Road in the Brandermill area of Chesterfield.

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A note says Q Barbeque closed in late September. (J. Elias O’Neal)

Stone also operates a catering business, A Sharper Palate Catering & Events in Lakeside.

Q Barbeque was an original tenant of the Corner at Short Pump, at the corner of West Broad Street and Lauderdale Drive, upon its completion in 2012 at the hands of developer Rebkee Co.

Its other current tenants include Toys ‘R’ Us, Olive Garden, Genghis Grill, Gelati Celesti, Jamba Juice and Zoe’s Kitchen.

While Q Barbeque is the second restaurant tenant to leave the strip this year, following Café Rio’s closure in February, another is on its way in.

West Coast-based Hoke Poke is planning to bring its California-style sushi bowls, known as poke bowls, to the Corner at Short Pump shopping center.

Company officials confirmed Friday they are signing a lease for the space next to the former Café Rio. It’s the restaurant group’s first foray into Virginia.

Launched in Los Angeles, Hoke Poke serves custom poke bowls and wraps. The company operates three locations in California – in downtown Los Angeles, Valencia and North Hollywood. It would not say when it plans to open in Short Pump.

With the pending arrival of Hoke Poke, Short Pump appears to be catching a poke bowl trend.

Earlier this month, Charlottesville-based Poke Sushi Bowl announced plans to open its first metro Richmond location in 1,200 square feet being vacated by Mathnasium Math Tutoring and Learning Center in the Downtown Short Pump retail center.

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