May 6, 2015
After years of waiting, Peter Chang — acclaimed chef and James Beard Best Chef Mid-Atlantic semifinalist — announced the location for his Richmond city restaurant Wednesday: 2816 W. Broad St., just west of Boulevard in Scott’s Addition.
The 3,000-square-foot restaurant will occupy half of the first floor in the historic Hofheimer Building.
Peter Chang, who opened Peter Chang China Café at 11424 W. Broad St. in Short Pump in 2012, has been rumored to be opening a restaurant in a city proper spot since his flagship Short Pump restaurant opened.
There have been plenty of nibbles over the years on possible locations, but instead of adding a downtown space following the Short Pump opening, Chang expanded into other areas in Virginia and beyond, with stores in Williamsburg, Fredericksburg, Arlington and Rockville, Md.
At this time, representatives for Peter Chang say the chef has not decided if the Broad Street space will be a Peter Chang China Café, such as the Short Pump store, or a fast-casual concept, similar to what he’s doing in Arlington. Or something different altogether.
Whatever it is, Peter Chang’s Scott’s Addition location is slated to open in January 2016 in the historic building.
There’s the possibility that the restaurant could expand to the roof to include some sort of “craft beer or wine-centric concept,” according to the news release.
Carter and Annie Snipes of Snipes Properties purchased the iconic Eastern or Islamic influence building in January.
“I was drawn to the Hofheimer Building for its central location,” Chang said. “I can truly serve all of my downtown customers from this location. I’m excited by what Carter and Annie are trying to do there.”
“We are extremely excited to be working with Peter and believe he will be a major draw for the Scott’s Addition area,” said Carter Snipes. “This will be Peter Chang’s first restaurant in the city, and he is excited to bring his unique culinary experience downtown.”
The building has been vacant since 2007 and was previously Adams Camera shop and home to Marianna School of Dance from 1980 to 2000.
Snipes Properties held a series of public open houses to gauge interest in the space.
“We had several great ideas from art space to brewery incubator,” Carter Snipes told the Richmond Times-Dispatch in February. “So lots of things to explore.”
“The overwhelming response from the community was that they really want some kind of ‘destination venue’ for Scott’s Addition instead of more apartments,” he said.
The couple closed on the 14,400-square-foot building in January for $350,000, securing a $1.4 million construction loan from First Capital Bank to develop it.
The project is being designed by architect Todd Dykshorn and financed by First Capital Bank.
Broker Nancy Wan represented Chang in the deal.
“I looked at dozens of locations for Peter in downtown Richmond,” Wan said. “We left no stone unturned, and I feel like we found the ideal home for him.”
Chang signed a 10-year lease on the space.