Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include an update about the Hot Chick location planned for Winterfield Crossing.
EAT Restaurant Partners is taking a Short Pump concept south of the James River.
The local restaurant group plans to open a new Wong’s Tacos in a to-be-built, 4,000-square-foot space at the Winterfield Crossing development by early spring 2022.
Winterfield Crossing is a 25-acre mixed-use project at Midlothian Turnpike and Winterfield Road from Chesterfield-based Blackwood Development.
Chris Tsui, owner of EAT and its 13 restaurant concepts, said Midlothian’s demographics and the company’s familiarity with the area led to plans for Wong’s at Winterfield.
“We have been looking for a second location for Wong’s and we know that area, being we have Wild Ginger (in Midlothian),” Tsui said last week.
EAT also operates Pizza & Beer of Richmond, Beijing on Grove, Fat Dragon and other eateries.
The original Wong’s Tacos opened in the GreenGate development in Short Pump in 2019, and serves up an Asian-Mexican fusion menu focused on tacos. Tsui said the Midlothian Wong’s Tacos is expected to have the same menu.
Tsui said most details for the new restaurant haven’t been hammered out yet. The restaurant will be slightly smaller than the Short Pump location. Though EAT hasn’t settled on a dining room design, Tsui expects the restaurant to have fewer than 120 seats.
“We’re definitely excited about Wong’s, but it’s a ways away,” he said.
EAT also had previously announced plans for a Winterfield Crossing location of its Hot Chick concept, which originally opened in Shockoe Bottom. The company said those plans are on the back burner for now. The Wong’s space in Winterfield is not the same storefront EAT is considering for Hot Chick.
Wong’s Tacos will be part of a pond-side restaurant-and-entertainment area at Winterfield Crossing that’s just now beginning to take shape.
That section of the development will feature a taproom for Triple Crossing Brewery in a 3,000-square-foot space beside the future Wong’s space. The two spaces will be linked by a shared boardwalk area, said Blackwood partner Marc Greenberg.
The boardwalk will extend toward Midlothian Turnpike and link additional new buildings in the restaurant-and-entertainment area.
“It’s a nice water view and we’re building a boardwalk and patio system that will run the length of the property,” Greenberg said.
Peter Vick and Harrison Hall of Colliers handle leasing at Winterfield Crossing. EDC is the general contractor.
EAT also recently opened a second location for its PBR concept in Hanover County.