Chicago's Pizza With A Twist - a pizza chain that launched on the West Coast in 2014 - is opening its second Virginia location in the former Big Al's Sports Bar and Grill at 3641 Cox Road.
Big Al's closed Dec. 13 after 11 years with business.
Chicago's Pizza With A Twist serves traditional pizzas, such as vegetarian, pepperoni and supreme - plus a menu of Indian-inspired pies, including chicken tiki masala, palak paneer and curry veggie pizza (to name a few). Thus the twist. Most pizzas start at $11.99.
The restaurant also serves sandwiches, pastas, salads and appetizers and Indian flavors can be found throughout the menu.
Franchisee Preeti Pawar is behind the Richmond location and she and her husband, Preshant, are relocating to Richmond from Lynchburg to open the restaurant.
"It’s a pretty new concept – these guys have 20-plus stores in California," Preshant Pawar said.
Chicago's Pizza With A Twist has nearly 30 locations nationwide with most concentrated in California. There is also one in Washington state, one in New York and one in Ashburn, Va.
Preshant said the couple was looking at Raleigh and Richmond to open the franchise but settled on Richmond and the West End area specifically because of its rich Indian community.
"Wanted to do something unique and an up and coming concept and Richmond has a community we know and like," Pawar said.
Chicago's Pizza With A Twist is expected to open in late January and will be open for lunch and dinner daily. Delivery in the nearby area will be available.
Nathan Hughes, principal broker with Sperity Real Estate Ventures, handled the deal with Big Al's and Chicago's Pizza With A Twist.