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Husband-and-wife team to open Italian restaurant in Midlothian

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Posted at 9:46 AM, Oct 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-06 09:46:51-04

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. — For their second restaurant, a husband-and-wife team is bringing more Italian cuisine to Midlothian.

Wendy and Brian Steele plan to open Isabella’s Bistro & Salumeria at 1358 Sycamore Square in Midlothian at the end of the month. The 2,600-square-foot space is right next door to Crab Louie’s Seafood Tavern, which the Steeles took over last year.

“I’ve definitely learned in my 33 years in the business the more hands-on you can be as an owner, the better,” Brian Steele said. “That way we are in each location every single day.”

Isabella’s will have an Italian restaurant and market. Most entrees are planned to cost between $16 and $19, and the restaurant will seat about 50. The majority of the pasta and all of the bread will be made on site.

The Steeles plan to sell wine, olives, Italian beer and hummus at the market. “It is a small market with a focus on Italian cured and dried meats,” Steele said of the salumeria.

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