Just in time for March Madness, locally-based Sportspage Bar and Grille has opened its newest location — venturing out this time to Goochland.
The chain opened earlier this month at 36 Broad Street Road. The roughly 5,000-square-foot space was previously home to Amici di Enzo, an Italian restaurant that shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic in July.
It’s the chain’s fifth location, adding to its original outpost in Midlothian that dates to 2003, along with stores in Mechanicsville, Ashland and Tappahannock. It previously had a location in Henrico County in John Rolfe Commons shopping center.
Sportspage co-owner Rob Jones said he had an interest in expanding into Goochland for several years, but that it was a challenge to find the right space among what he felt was the county’s limited restaurant real estate options.
“We always loved that area and thought it was an underserved area. Goochland is a pretty big county and there really isn’t a sports bar out there,” Jones said.
Eyeing March Madness, which was canceled last year as the pandemic took hold, Jones said he expects plenty of customers to come out to eat wings and watch games.
“I think this year, we’ll do pretty well,” he said.
The Goochland restaurant has seating for around 160 people between its indoor dining space and covered patio. However, with pandemic restrictions in play, it can currently accommodate about 130 people at a time. The eatery has 42 televisions.
Burgers, wings and sandwiches are the restaurant’s mainstays, though it also serves pizza, tacos, soups and salads, among other items. The average meal runs about $10 to $12, Jones said.
The new location has 32 employees. Managing partners Greg Novak and Andrew Hodges run the Goochland restaurant’s day-to-day operations.
Jones, who spent 10 years as an athletic trainer for the now-defunct Richmond Renegades hockey team, co-owns Sportspage with his wife Karee Jones and father-in-law Ron Newcome.
In other local restaurant news, former Home Team Grill owner Garland Taylor has plans to stand up two new restaurant concepts at Regency. Richmond’s Soul Taco recently rolled out a Jewish-African fusion pop-up called JewFro.