Vegan food truck finds a space to hang

Hang Space, a vegan concept, is now open at 8000-8002 Buford Road in Bon Air. (J. Elias O’Neal)

The duo behind a local vegan food truck has planted roots in a Chesterfield shopping center.

Married couple David Witte and April Viar of the Go Go Vegan Go food truck have opened their first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Hang Space, in the Buford Court Commons shopping center at 8000-8002 Buford Court in Bon Air.

The 2,800-square-foot restaurant opened in mid-November and seats about 50 people.

An extension of the couple’s food truck, the restaurant also serves as a collaboration with Yummvees — a Midlothian-based vegan catering and food prep service owned and operated by Tracy and Mark Flitcraft.

Operating a restaurant is nothing new for Witte and Viar.

Viar worked at Edo’s Squid for 12 years, managing the front of the house, and up until launching their food truck, both she and Witte worked at Commercial Taphouse.

“April and I worked at Commercial Taphouse, and it was a lot of work,” said Witte, who plays drums for punk-thrash band Municipal Waste. “We wanted something of our own where we could travel and hang out, so we came up with the food truck.”

Go Go Vegan Go made its debut in 2016 at the Richmond Vegetarian Festival.

“We got a lot of interest and people really liked what we were doing,” Witte said.

As their food truck concept began to take root, the couple realized they needed more space to prep for food service and to test new dishes, prompting them to search for a place that could double as a prep kitchen and restaurant.

They found it in the Chesterfield suburb with the help of friend and local real estate agent Justin Owen, who connected the couple to the shopping center’s owner.

While the menu is not set in stone, Hang Space serves a variety of vegan entrees and desserts. Menu items include its vegan chicken and barbecue tofu mashed potato bowls, as well as vegan chicken salad and parmesan sandwich. Desserts include its signature dark chocolate peanut butter balls.

Over time, Witte said Hang Space will offer several entrees served on the food truck, such as its “Not So Pad Thai Fries,” a dish that replaces the noodles with fries, as well as a few of its sandwiches and paninis. Eventually, the location plans to serve beer and wine.

The couple plans to keep its Go Go Vegan Go food truck, using the Hang Space location as a commissary kitchen for the mobile operation.

Hang Space is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, with breakfast service that day running from 10 a.m. to noon.

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