Chicago's Pizza With A Twist is opening its first Richmond location on Friday, Feb. 22.

The West Coast pizza chain, which also has a location in Northern Virginia, is opening in the former Big Al's Sports Bar and Grill space 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. (See the full menu here.)

The restaurant also serves sandwiches, pastas, salads and appetizers and Indian flavors can be found throughout the menu.

Franchisee Preeti Pawar and her husband Preshant are behind the Richmond location.

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.

Chicago's Pizza With A Twist is opening Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the restaurant is celebrating with a buy one get one free deal on 10 inch pizzas.

Regular hours of lunch and dinner daily plus happy hour from 1-6 p.m. begin Sunday and deliver service is expected to launch the same day.

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