Broad Street car wash to replace longtime Henrico restaurant

Nanking Restaurant at 7408 W. Broad St. in Henrico, is set to close and a Rio Car Wash will rise on the site. (Photos by J. Elias O’Neal)

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — An Asian restaurant in Henrico County is preparing for its last call after more than a decade in business, as a regional chain is planning to wipe the property clean for a new use. Nanking Restaurant at 7408 W. Broad Street is set to close and make way for a Rio Car Wash location.

Nanking owner Ben Luu, who also owns the restaurant’s real estate, would not say when he plans to shutter the business, but did say he has no plans to reopen it elsewhere. The restaurant remains open in the interim.

Jeff Small, owner of Rio Car Wash, said his company has the nearly 2-acre property under contract for an undisclosed amount. He said they could close on the deal in February, but wouldn’t say when the car wash would open.

The site, which includes the 8,700-square-foot restaurant building, most recently was assessed by the county for $1.2 million.

Nanking opened in 2006, and it serves Chinese and Vietnamese dishes for lunch and dinner service.

The pending deal ends the Broad Street site’s long run as a restaurant property. Since being built in 1971, it has been home to Aberdeen Barn Co., the Red River Rib Co. and Awful Arthur’s, according to county records.

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