A barbecue joint that decamped from the city last year now slings its smoked meats and desserts out of a former Pizza Hut in Henrico County.
Stump’s Pig & Pint opened in recent weeks at 1164 Wilkinson Road within the Chamberlayne Farms Shopping Center.
With the new digs comes a new bakery that features cakes, cupcakes and brownies. Restaurant owners and husband-and-wife Jimmy and Terry Stump hope it will attract customers who want a complete dining experience.
“It makes us more a full-service restaurant and catering operation,” Jimmy said, adding that Terry has more than 30 years of professional baking experience.
Stump’s is also doubling down on its mainstay barbecue offerings in the new location.
“I’m more a smokehouse than a restaurant now,” Jimmy said, adding that he thinks a restaurant like the previous iteration of Stump’s needs bar food, appetizers and an overall larger menu to accommodate more tastes.
“Here it’s simple: Meat. Smoked,” he said. “You don’t have a lot of options but what we have we do well.”
The new eatery doesn’t have indoor seating at its new 2,000-square-foot location, though it does have a few outdoor picnic tables. The space was formerly a takeout-and-delivery-only Pizza Hut, and given that legacy it made more economic sense to shift operations accordingly. Stump’s has five employees.
Stump’s first opened in Jackson Ward and left its original space at 119 E. Leigh St. last summer. It focused on its food truck and catering operations between permanent locations.
In other recent restaurant moves, a Hampton Roads-based Cajun seafood chain plans to open a new location at Chesterfield Towne Center, and a Shockoe Bottom restaurant has been rebranded as a nightclub.