Sarah and Jeremy Chapman are reheating an expansion plan they put on the back burner during the pandemic.
The husband-and-wife owners of beer-focused restaurant Industrial Taphouse in Hanover recently struck a deal in Goochland County, where they’ll open the concept’s second location.
Industrial Taphouse West will take over the building at 12912 Plaza Drive. The roughly 6,300-square-foot building formerly housed The Pickel Barrel restaurant until it closed earlier this year.
The Chapmans bought the property in early August for $1.6 million, according to Goochland property records.
Located just west of Short Pump and about a half-mile off Broad Street Road, Industrial Taphouse West reminds Sarah a bit of the spot in Hanover.
“I feel like where we are in Hanover is a little bit off the beaten path but there’s still a growing community around there. If you look at where we’re going now in Goochland, they kind of have similar characteristics,” she said. “We felt like this was another great opportunity to come in and kind of revive it, give it a new energy, and hopefully it’ll take off like Industrial Taphouse did in Hanover.”
The couple started thinking about a second location shortly after their original location took off early after opening in 2018. But like many restaurateurs, the expansion plans were put on hold by the pandemic.
“We recovered fine from COVID and since then we’ve been on that search again, just for the right location,” she said.
“We didn’t want to make something happen for no reason,” Jeremy added. “We wanted to make sure we had the right spot. So we looked at a lot of places and luckily we held out long enough to get this (Goochland spot). I think this is going to be a winner.”
The new restaurant’s menu will be similar to the first Industrial Taphouse’s, which serves classic American fare and pours from over 30 draught beer taps.
“We’ve got a couple of wrinkles that we might throw in (the new menu), just to have something unique to that location and give it its own character. But the base and foundation of what’s made us successful on our menu will definitely transfer,” Jeremy said.
The Chapmans are preparing to kick off renovations on the building with the hopes of having Industrial Taphouse West open in time for the holiday season. It’ll be open for lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekends.
The couple helped finance the purchase of the building with loans from the Small Business Administration and Village Bank. Curt Solomon with Business Finance Group was a consultant for the SBA loan, Kim Willis at Village Bank was the Chapmans’ loan officer, and Patrick Carollo at Kane Jeffries was their closing attorney. NAI Dominion’s Chris Hopper and Jeff Doxey represented them in the purchase of the property.
Industrial Taphouse was the first restaurant the couple had ever owned, and shortly after opening it they said they bought Eat Kitchen and Catering, a catering business that’s unaffiliated with prolific and similarly named local restaurant group EAT Restaurant Partners.
The Chapmans said they’re looking forward to adding another Industrial Taphouse West to their portfolio.
“Both of us grew up in restaurants, so we’ve lived the life and it’s been a part of our family for a long time,” Jeremy said. “Being on this side of (the business), I think was a natural progression for us. Luckily we’ve been able to capitalize on it.”