A taste of the Big Easy is marching into Church Hill.
The Dog and Pig Show, a new restaurant run by New Orleans transplants Isabel and James Eckrosh, is set to open this month at 314 N. 25th St.
The Eckroshes leased the 1,200-square-foot Church Hill space. It was formerly home to Souperb, Isabel Eckrosh said.
The Dog and Pig Show will serve takeout sandwiches, salads and soups, mostly during lunch hours. It is the couple’s first foray into owning a restaurant, but James Eckrosh is no stranger to the kitchen. He has been a chef for about 11 years, most recently in New Orleans. Isabel Eckrosh taught in a New Orleans public elementary school. The couple moved to Richmond about a year ago and lives in Church Hill.
“Church Hill is a very diverse community, and we both really love that, especially coming from New Orleans,” Isabel said.
New Orleans cuisine will influence the menu at The Dog and Pig Show, as will Southern American and Southeast Asian foods. Menu prices will range from $6 to $10. To start, the business will only do take-out, but the Eckroshes hope to eventually get a food truck and add some seating to their business.
The upstarts plan to open their eatery in a neighborhood that has received national attention for its dining scene. In October, the restaurant rating site Zagat included Church Hill on a list of 10 notable food neighborhoods around the country, citing haunts like Urban Farmhouse, Sub Rosa and Alamo BBQ. In June, Esquire magazine included Church Hill eatery The Roosevelt on its list of the best bars in America.
“In a six-block radius you have so many places that people can drive to Church Hill and make a choice,” James Eckrosh said.
To get the word out about The Dog and Pig Show, the Eckroshes have held eight ticketed dinners at their Church Hill home. Starting the business is a full-time venture for both of them.
“Tickets just covered food,” Isabel said. “We didn’t make any profit off it. It was basically to spread word of mouth.”
Startup costs are expected to be about $25,000, Isabel said. She and her husband are financing the venture themselves and with the help of a family friend.
As for the name, The Dog and Pig Show is inspired by the couple’s Chinese zodiac signs.
“James is a dog, and I’m a pig,” Isabel said. “It was an early date conversation.”