New Short Pump taphouse has Carolina on its mind

Carolina Ale House took over for Mimi's, which closed last year. Photo by Michael Thompson.

Carolina Ale House took over for Mimi’s, which closed last year. Photo by Michael Thompson.

A North Carolina-based restaurant chain has opened its first Virginia location in West Broad Village.

Carolina Ale House opened Feb. 29 at 11275 W. Broad St. The 7,400-square-foot space was formerly home to Mimi’s Café, which closed in late 2014.

The Raleigh-based chain, which has said it spent years searching for the right Virginia locations, has 72 beers on draft and 99 bottled beers on tap for the Short Pump spot. The restaurant added a patio to the building and will be open seven days a week.

Carolina Ale House launched in 1999 in North Carolina, where it has 13 restaurants and an airport location. There are six Carolina Ale Houses in South Carolina, three in Florida, and one each in Georgia and Texas.

The company plans to open another Florida location this year, according to spokesperson Tyshia Torres. It has not yet announced plans to open more Virginia locations.

The building shortly after Mimi's vacated, and before Carolina Ale's renovations.

The building shortly after Mimi’s vacated, and before Carolina Ale House’s renovations.

Carolina Ale House took over for Mimi's, which closed last year. Photo by Michael Thompson.

Carolina Ale House took over for Mimi’s, which closed last year. Photo by Michael Thompson.

A North Carolina-based restaurant chain has opened its first Virginia location in West Broad Village.

Carolina Ale House opened Feb. 29 at 11275 W. Broad St. The 7,400-square-foot space was formerly home to Mimi’s Café, which closed in late 2014.

The Raleigh-based chain, which has said it spent years searching for the right Virginia locations, has 72 beers on draft and 99 bottled beers on tap for the Short Pump spot. The restaurant added a patio to the building and will be open seven days a week.

Carolina Ale House launched in 1999 in North Carolina, where it has 13 restaurants and an airport location. There are six Carolina Ale Houses in South Carolina, three in Florida, and one each in Georgia and Texas.

The company plans to open another Florida location this year, according to spokesperson Tyshia Torres. It has not yet announced plans to open more Virginia locations.

The building shortly after Mimi's vacated, and before Carolina Ale's renovations.

The building shortly after Mimi’s vacated, and before Carolina Ale House’s renovations.

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