A city sandwich shop is branching out to the suburbs with an office café concept it’s looking to expand.
Olio opened its second location Tuesday in the Premier Tech Center office complex at 2810 N. Parham Road in Henrico County.
The restaurant, which is leasing a 1,800-square-foot space, will serve as the in-house food vendor for the 142,000-square-foot building, which recently underwent a $1 million renovation, said Jonathan Cutler, principal with Premier Cos.
Premier Cos. purchased the three-story building in July 2016 for $10 million. The firm has improved several common areas and lobbies, and enhanced the site’s curb appeal with new landscaping.
CBRE | Richmond brokers Keri Abbott, Malcolm Randolph and John Carpin represented the landlord in lease negotiations.
Todd Butler, who co-owns Olio with Chad Thompson, said the brokerage approached them about the available space when he and Thompson were looking for an opportunity to expand.
“We really just fell into it,” Butler said. “We talked with the people with CBRE and it seemed like a good match for us.”
Much like its flagship location at 2028 W. Cary St., Butler said, the Olio at Premier Tech will serve custom sandwiches, salads and soups. Unlike its predecessor, the new café also will serve hamburgers and hotdogs.
The Premier Tech space seats about 20 people and has a staff of four, Butler said. Because the restaurant is in an office building, Butler said no beer or wine will be sold at the location. It is open to the public in addition to building users.
The location gives Olio access to several building tenants and hundreds of employees in the surrounding area, including Xerox and the Richmond campuses for Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia.
Butler said he and Thompson are looking to provide delivery service to nearby office buildings and grow their catering operation to serve businesses in the area.
He said the restaurant is working with CBRE to expand its office café concept to two other complexes that the brokerage manages. Butler would not disclose the locations.
The Premier Tech location is open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.