A Fan ramen restaurant may soon shutter, only to be reborn in Scott’s Addition.
Foo Dog is expected to vacate its home at 1537 W. Main St., as its owner EAT Restaurant Partners works a deal to turn over the space to a new unnamed operator.
Should that deal close as planned, EAT President Chris Tsui said Foo Dog would be resurrected at 3013 W. Leigh St. in Scott’s Addition, where EAT is underway on building out a new multi-concept food hall.
Tsui said the pending deal in the Fan involves selling Foo Dog’s equipment but not a sale of the real estate.
He said EAT would retain Foo Dog’s name and recipes and save them for the food hall.
EAT bought the Foo Dog building at the corner of West Main and South Lombardy streets, which was formerly an art supply store, in 2013 for $550,000 and opened Foo Dog there a year later. The restaurant, named for the ancient Chinese statues of lions often found in pairs outside buildings for protection, serves ramen, noodle and other special dishes as well as a variety of cocktails and sake.
Tsui said all of Foo Dog’s staff is being given opportunities for positions at EAT’s dozen other restaurants, which include Fat Dragon, Lucky AF and Pizza & Beer of Richmond.
As for the food hall, Tsui said it is expected to be ready by the end of 2023. EAT bought the 17,000-square-foot warehouse there for $3 million in the spring.
The changes for Foo Dog come as one of EAT’s other restaurants, Wong’s Tacos, is currently being tapped for an expansion, with as many as 10 locations outside the Richmond region in the coming years.