Details revealed on Hibachi Box taking over old Stuffy’s spot

Look for a February opening.

Update #1 — December 18, 2014; 8:42 AM

According to this article in Richmond, brothers Paulo and Nelson Benavides are the driving force behind Hibachi Box. Our rumor back in November mentioned Goatacado. Ian Newill owner of Goatacado will be helping them fine tune their sauces.

The brothers, who also own Mexican restaurant Pepe’s at 9550 Midlothian Turnpike, are designing Hibachi Box as a fast-casual Japanese fare in the build-your-own-dish style of Chipotle.

“We were always toying with the idea of doing fast-casual,” Paulo Benavides said. “Chipotle has set a pretty high standard.”

That high bar sits only about three blocks from where the Benavides brothers are setting up shop. In addition to Chipotle and other chain restaurants in the surrounding area, Hibachi Box will be competing with Harrison Street Café, Christian’s Pizza, and Village Café, each of which are on the same stretch of North Harrison Street.

Look for a February opening.

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Original — November 06, 2014

The rumor we’ve heard is that Hibachi Box  (411 N. Harrison Street below Edo’s Squid) is going to be a collaboration between Pepe’s and the Goatacado folks. As you can see work is going on and we’ll update when we have actual facts beyond a picture.

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Richard Hayes

When Richard isn’t rounding up neighborhood news, he’s likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest craft beer.

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