RICHMOND, Va. — As parts of the Richmond food scene evolve, an out-of-town restaurant chain is betting certain American favorites will always be in demand.
Pies and Pints plans to open this summer at 2035 W. Broad St. on the edge of the Fan. The owners of the Ohio-based beer and pizza restaurant have leased 4,200 square feet in the 9,500-square-foot property.
Rob Lindeman, a Pies and Pints owner, said the search for a Richmond location is four years in the making. The company has nine open locations across West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky, and new stores are in the works for Alabama and Ohio.
“We knew we wanted to be down by Boulevard and Broad,” Lindeman said. “With Whole Foods coming and creating a bit of a draw, everything just lined up for us.”
Whole Foods has plans to open a 40,000-square foot store in the recently closed Pleasants Hardware store across Broad as part of a larger Sauer Center development.
The grocer’s plans encouraged two investors last year to purchase the Pies and Pints property, which for now is an empty shell. A general contractor has not been lined up yet, and Columbus-based J. Carter Bean is the architect for the restaurant. Plans call for a restaurant that can seat up to 140 people. Lindeman said it will cost more than $900,000 to open Richmond’s Pies and Pints.