Chef Mike Isabella is still planted firmly in expansion mode. Next up: the chef will open another one of his Graffiato restaurants in Richmond, Virginia.
The restaurant is set to open this spring at 123 W. Broad Street (formerly Popkin Tavern). The restaurant will be nearly 7,000 square feet in size. The building's an iconic one in the Virginia city, having been a furniture showroom back as far as 1909.
Isabella will add a wood-burning oven to the premises, which have high ceilings and big picture windows. He says he will make the place "accessible to college students and everyone downtown." Expect a similar menu to D.C.'s Graffiato, with homemade pasta, pizzas and roasted vegetables, all with a local emphasis. Naturally, there will be Prosecco on tap, too. Taha Ismail will oversee the cocktail program (he's the beverage director for all of the chef's places).
On the business side of the equation: Rappahannock Oyster Co.'s Travis Croxton and Hilda Staples are partners in the project.
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