Peter Chang Coming to Scott’s Addition
Snipes Properties secures 10-year lease for Scott’s Addition project
Richmond, Va. – Local real estate developers Carter and Annie Snipes announced Wednesday morning that widely-acclaimed chef Peter Chang has signed a 10-year lease for their Scott’s Addition project. The announcement was made at the monthly meeting of SABA, the Scott’s Addition Boulevard Association. “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.” Well known for his unique and flavorful regional Szechuan Chinese cuisine, Chang’s 3,000-square-foot Richmond restaurant is scheduled to open this winter as part of a $1.4 million rehab of the 1928 Hofheimer Building, using historic tax credits. The project is being designed by architect Todd Dykshorn and financed by First Capital Bank. “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,” Chang continued.
Represented by broker Nancy Wan, Chang selected the site after touring many other locations around the city. “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.” While the restaurant will occupy half of the building’s first floor, Snipes Properties, the couple’s 10 year old real estate firm has ambitious plans for the rest of the building. The building’s crown jewel is a 4,000-square-foot rooftop deck –serviced by a two-ton freight elevator–with panoramic views of the surrounding area as well as The Diamond’s summer fireworks displays. Snipes says the space would make an amazing rooftop bar or dining patio. “Peter has expressed interest in expanding to the roof or sharing the building with a craft beer or wine-centric concept that would complement what he is doing,” Snipes said.
The developers have to get approval from City Council to allow the rooftop space to be utilized and they plan to file that request later this summer after construction on the main restaurant space is underway. The development team held a series of charrette’s and community open houses where over 400 neighbors and residents toured the building and gave input. “The overwhelming response from the public was for it to be some kind of restaurant or event space and not apartments. People loved the rooftop potential. So we are going to work with the City to make that vision a reality,” adds Annie Snipes.
About Peter Chang:
Peter attended the Sichuan Higher Institute of Cuisine, where he received the title of Master Chef and graduated first in his class. He was the chef for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C. for some time. Chang operates restaurants elsewhere around Va. in Short Pump, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, and Arlington. The Short Pump location was named one of the 50 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appetit Magazine in 2012.
About the Hofheimer Building:
Located at 2816 W. Broad Street and built in 1928 by the Hofheimer Fine Rug Cleaning Company and is considered one of the landmark properties of the Scott’s Addition neighborhood. It housed Adams’ Camera Shop from 1980 – 2007. Leftover mosiac tile and other building materials from the 1927 construction of the Mosque Theater can be found in the Hofheimer Building.