EAT Restaurant Partners announce new restaurant in former Kelly’s fast food building

The building used to be home to a fast food joint known as Kelly’s and was the inspiration for The Honker Burger in the 1990s cartoon ‘Doug.’


EAT owner Chris Tsui signed a lease Thursday for 1300 N. Boulevard, a block from Fat Dragon and across from Bow Tie’s Movieland at Boulevard Square.

“I like Scott’s Addition,” Tsui said. “It seems like a new residential building is converting every other week.”

Tsui’s not giving any hints on the food concept coming to the new space, which should open in early 2016.

The building was known as Kelly’s, a fast food joint, as far back as the 1950s. 1990s cartoon Doug creator Jim Jenkins said recently in a Style Weekly cover story that the restaurant was the inspiration for The Honker Burger, a hangout for many of the animated show’s characters.

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Trevor Dickerson

Trevor Dickerson loves all things Richmond and manages RVANews’ West of the Boulevard and West End community sites.

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