Beijing on Grove will replace Blue Goat in Westhampton neighborhood

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The Blue Goat restaurant at 5710 Grove Ave. in Westhampton will close temporarily and be overhauled to become a Chinese restaurant called Beijing on Grove. (J. Elias O’Neal)

RICHMOND, Va. — What was old is now new again for a Westhampton restaurant.

After nearly five years of business, the Blue Goat restaurant at 5710 Grove Ave. is set to close temporarily to become Beijing on Grove, said Chris Tsui, whose Richmond-based EAT Restaurant Partners owns the establishment.

Beijing on Grove is a throwback to the early 1980s, when Tsui’s father took over Peking, a popular Chinese restaurant that operated in the same space and became affectionately known in the neighborhood as Peking on Grove.

“We served Chinese food,” Tsui said. “At the time there were about six other Pekings in the area, but we were known for being the best one, so people started calling it Peking on Grove.”

Blue Goat, a trendy eatery specializing in southern comfort food dishes, burgers and sandwiches, will remain open until New Year’s Eve, Tsui said. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, the 4,200-square-foot restaurant will close for about three weeks as crews work to redesign the interior.

“We’re going to change the design of the restaurant to make it look like an upscale Chinese restaurant,” Tsui said. “The layout, lighting, colors, furniture…all of that is going to change when we reopen the restaurant.”

Beijing on Grove could be operational by mid-January 2017, he said.

He said the team, which will be led by Fei Zhou, head chef at Tsui’s Fat Dragon Chinese Kitchen and Bar on Boulevard, is developing a menu for Beijing on Grove.

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