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Dixie’s big, pink donut is coming down to make room for a new Vietnamese eatery. Photo by J. Elias O’Neal

RICHMOND, Va. — A hole left in the Carytown food scene is set to be filled by a new restaurant.

The former Dixie Donuts shop at 2901 W. Cary St. is being converted into the neighborhood’s newest Vietnamese restaurant.

Sen Organic-Small Plate plans to open this summer in the 1,345-square-foot space, which was left vacant when Dixie shut down on Valentine’s Day after a four-year run.

The restaurant will be run by Hang Pham, who owns Perception-Organic Spa across the street at 2902 W. Cary St. It’s Pham’s first restaurant, said Mindy Priddy, Sen’s public relations and social media manager.

Speaking on behalf of Pham Wednesday, Priddy said the restaurant is targeting a late August to early September opening.

Dominion Construction Partners kicked off renovations last week. Total investment into the property, as well as renderings for the new space, have not been released pending city permit approval.

Priddy said Pham hopes to incorporate Vietnamese and French dishes. Pastries and breads would comprise most of the French dishes, while Vietnamese selections would be traditional favorites, such as pho noodles and rice-based cuisines, along with new dishes inspired by Pham.

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