Eggspectation has high expectations for new Stony Point Fashion Park restaurant

Eggspectation, a new-to-market restaurant, plans to open at Stony Point Fashion Park in early September. (Photos by Jack Jacobs)

A new-to-market restaurant will soon open in a prominent space at Stony Point Fashion Park, while another eatery in the South Richmond mall has closed for good.

Eggspectation, a Canada-based chain focused on breakfast fare, expects to open its first Richmond-area location at Stony Point in early September. A company spokesman said the mall was a good place to land because of its proximity to a mixture of residential and business development which the chain is betting will offer a solid customer base.

“We like the homes, the businesses and the hospital. It’s the diversity of the place … it suggests stability,” company spokesman Jim Fisher said.

The 8,500-square-foot space itself has seen some recent instability, though: Champps Americana closed in 2014 and Anchor Bar shuttered in 2017 less than a year after opening.

The restaurant will have 50 tables between its indoor and patio dining areas, and 60 employees. The restaurant is a franchise, as are most of Eggspectation’s locations, Fisher said.

Eggspectation serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes a variety of pancakes, omelets and breakfast specials alongside sandwiches, salads and dinner entrees.

Eggspectation has a large menu focused on breakfast but also featuring lunch and dinner options.

The restaurant joins other eateries at the mall’s east entrance. It’s across from Latitude Seafood Co. and next to Nino’s Italian Delight Pizza Express.

The chain opened its first location in Montreal, Canada in 1993. The chain has 14 locations in Canada, seven in the United States and four in the Middle East. Most of the company’s American restaurants are in the D.C. area. The company has an eye toward further expansion in Virginia but Fisher declined to share details.

“We like Virginia. Let’s put it that way,” he said.

Eggspectation’s arrival at Stony Point comes amid several recent departures from the mall.

Mexican restaurant La Hacienda closed after two years of business at the mall. It took over the former Chipotle space, which the fast casual chain vacated in 2018.

Panera and H&M both shuttered outposts at the mall in recent months. Sur La Table is also on its way out, though the store was still open Tuesday.

BizSense reporter James Faris contributed to this report.

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