A VCU-area restaurant space didn’t stay vacant for long, as it’s swapping out brisket and cornbread for dumplings and ramen.
Got Dumplings, founded in Charlottesville by sisters Phung Huynh and Kynnie Wong, is preparing to open in the former Deep Run Roadhouse space at 309 N. Laurel St.
The new Richmond location will be the second for Huynh and Wong, who started Got Dumplings in 2011 as a food truck before opening a brick-and-mortar spot for it near the University of Virginia campus.
Huynh also owns Poke Sushi Bowl, a concept she brought from Charlottesville to Richmond with her husband Bo Zhu in 2017. A year later they opened a second Poke location at 933 W. Broad St., just around the corner from Got Dumplings’ future home on Laurel.
Huynh said they typically serve hundreds of students each day at their UVA locations, and that success made them consider bringing Got Dumplings to Richmond.
“It’s definitely a popular spot for the students and we’ve gotten lots of positive feedback on our dumplings, so we wanted to expand it to VCU,” she said.
In addition to dumplings, Got Dumplings’ menu includes ramen noodle soup, bubble tea and frozen slush drinks, and its combo dishes range from about $8 to $12.
Huynh said the VCU location is a bit bigger than the Charlottesville one, so they’ll likely have a bigger menu in Richmond.
“We might be able to add a little bit more side dishes to go with our bubble tea and dumplings,” she said.
Deep Run Roadhouse vacated the Laurel Street spot last summer and the space sat vacant for a few months. Per city property records, Zhu bought the 1,300-square-foot building for $475,000 in December.
Deep Run Roadhouse’s West End location at 12379 Gayton Road remains open for business.
Building permits for the Laurel Street building were filed last month and renovations are underway. Huynh said they’re hoping to have it open in time for VCU’s fall semester this year. If this spot has similar success as the Charlottesville Got Dumplings, Huynh said they would consider adding more locations in Richmond.
Got Dumplings will be the latest arrival to the neighborhood, following &pizza, a D.C.-based chain, which opened across the street at 308 N. Laurel St. last year.