Upscale food court concept planned for Carytown

Upscale food court concept planned for Carytown

Carytown will soon be home to an upscale food court concept similar to those found in New York City and Washington, D.C. thanks to the plans of Zzaam owner Derek Cha.

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Derek Cha, founder of frozen yogurt outfit Sweet Frog and later “Korean Chipotle” build-your-own-bowl concept Zzaam, is at it again. Richmond BizSense reports the Carytown restaurant Zzaam will soon make room for a few other food concepts for what could be likened to an upscale food court. It’s a concept that’s become quite popular in other cities. Just this past spring I visited a similar high end food court that offered everything from personal pizzas and sushi burritos to lobster rolls and tacos. It’s a great idea and seems to draw large crowds.

From Richmond BizSense:

The project will convert Zzaam’s building at 3300 W. Cary St. to allow it to share the property with a barbecue joint, bubble tea concept, self-serve bar and itinerant oyster bar.

Dubbed the Zzaam Food Court, it will be among the first iterations in Richmond of the food court trend, which has popped up in larger cities around the country, and brings multiple independent restaurants under one roof.

“I’ve noticed similar concepts in New York and Washington, D.C., and decided it was time to introduce it to Richmond,” Cha said. “Carytown, given the number of restaurants and attractions in the area, seemed to be a perfect fit for this type of concept.”

Click through to read more about the food concepts to expect. There will also be lots of family fun in the current 15,000-square-foot parking lot. Wine, beer, and roasted marshmallows, anyone? Read on here.



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