Seasoned local restaurant owners Karen and Matt Verdisco are branching out in Chesterfield.
The couple is preparing to open Local Craft Pizza & Beer at 6921 Commons Plaza, about a mile west down Iron Bridge Road from Brew Craft Bar & Kitchen, which they opened in the Chesterfield Meadows Shopping Center in 2013.
Karen said Local’s main offering will be Neapolitan-style pizza, in addition to regular bar fare like wings, salads and burgers. The Verdiscos will be using the brick pizza oven they’d secured in 2017 for Pie Hole, their Ashland pizzeria that later rebranded to Tap900 before closing in recent years.
“We’ve been looking for another place to put a pizza restaurant and introduce a nano-brewing concept,” Verdisco said. “We held onto the oven and we’re ready to get it fired up again. We’d just been waiting for the right spot.”
Local will also include a small brewing system the Verdiscos will use to brew their own beer for the restaurant. Verdisco said they have some types of beer they’re excited to brew but aren’t ready to share details yet.
“We’ve been in the craft beer arena since we opened Brew, it was always something we were looking to get into,” she said. “We did it on the side, just never on this scale. We’re really excited about it.”
Local is leasing the roughly 1,500-square-foot space, which had formerly been a Starbucks. Verdisco said they’ll have seating for about 50 inside and around 25 outside on a patio they’re planning to build out.
The Verdiscos, Chesterfield locals themselves, are looking to open the new spot in July, a month they’re also planning to celebrate 10 years of Brew.
“We love that area, (Brew’s) got a really loyal following,” Verdisco said. “It’s our friends and family, and from that you attract other people by word of mouth. It’s worked out really well for us there.”
Local would be the 48th brewery to open in the Richmond region, and sixth in Chesterfield. Over on the western side of the county, work continues on Hidden Wit Brewing Co. in Moseley.