2018-02-28 / Featured / Taste

From bread to bowls, new chains open in Chesterfield


Personalized Mediterranean bowls are on the menu at Cava, slated to open at TownePlace at Huguenot this spring. PHOTO COURTESY OF CAVA Personalized Mediterranean bowls are on the menu at Cava, slated to open at TownePlace at Huguenot this spring. PHOTO COURTESY OF CAVA Change, as they say, is the only constant. In the cutthroat world of restaurants, nothing could be truer. The profit margins are tiny, the capacity to err is great and the competition is relentless.

Still, somehow, new restaurants are born every day. Some restauranteurs even make a habit of it, opening multiple locations. Before long, a once lone eatery has progeny across lines of state and country.

Chesterfield, with its abundant shopping centers and households, is a natural draw for new chain outposts and franchises. Here are just a few that have recently opened in the county, or plan to.

Great Harvest Bread Co.
13541 Midlothian Turnpike

Starting in the 1970s as a whole-grain bread bakery, Great Harvest Bread Co. eventually expanded its menu and grew to have multiple locations throughout the country. While all stores mill their own whole-wheat flour on premises, each location has its own unique menu.

Kim Burcham opened the doors to her Great Harvest Bread Co. franchise in Midlothian last week. ASH DANIEL Kim Burcham opened the doors to her Great Harvest Bread Co. franchise in Midlothian last week. ASH DANIEL The company’s first Midlothian franchise – which opened Friday at Midlothian Station Shopping Center – serves both breakfast and lunch. Baked goods include muffins, scones, biscuits, cinnamon rolls and cookies; the lunch menu offers soups, salads and grilled sandwiches. Customers are invited to try samples, and every guest gets a free slice of bread.

“Everything is made daily from scratch,” says Richmond native Kim Burcham, owner of the Midlothian restaurant. “We use all-natural ingredients. We don’t use anything processed in our food.”

The Midlothian location is 2,700 square feet, and seats 86. After the weather warms up, Burcham hopes to add an outdoor patio.

First Watch
1403 Huguenot Road

Also celebrating its opening in the county last week was Florida-based chain First Watch. Located in TownePlace at Huguenot, the restaurant specializes in breakfast, brunch and lunch and is open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

First Watch provides traditional breakfast options like eggs and waffles, as well as a juice bar and lunchtime sandwiches and salads. Five times a year, the eatery unveils a new seasonal menu.

“There’s really a revolving door of menu options for our customers to try,” says First Watch spokeswoman Eleni Kouvatsos.

The full-service, 4,000-square-foot Midlothian location seats 148, including on its outdoor patio.

Your Pie
15720 WC Main St.

No matter how you slice it, everyone loves pizza. That’s certainly what Robert Esteves and his brother-in-law Steven Pearce are counting on.

The duo is working to bring the Georgia-based franchise Your Pie to Westchester Commons in May. Unlike most pizza chains, absolutely everything about the company’s pies is custom-made. Diners can choose from three different kinds of dough – including a gluten-free option – six sauces, seven cheeses and 30 toppings, including upper-crust options like sundried tomatoes and artichoke hearts. The pizzas are cooked to order and served to customers in four minutes.

“We want to give people options,” says Esteves. “They get to get exactly what they want.”

The 2,900-square-foot restaurant will also serve beer, wine and Italian gelato. The dining area can seat 103, including the bar, and an outdoor patio will seat 20. The business is also designing a trailer with a stone hearth oven for catering purposes.

“We think the food is awesome, and hope to have the best customer service around,” Esteves says.

Mission BBQ
12630 Stone Village Way

Hailing from Maryland, Mission BBQ has set its sights on Chesterfield for its 59th location.

Mission BBQ’s menu includes beef brisket, pulled pork, lean turkey, pulled chicken, two kinds of sausage, spare ribs and baby back ribs, all dry-rubbed and smoked for 4-12 hours, depending on the meat.

As barbecue preferences vary by region, the meats are served without sauce. Instead, each table is equipped with seven homemade sauce options, ranging from sweet to spicy. The sides include fresh-cut fries, coleslaw and a mac-n-cheese that sports five varieties of the yellow stuff.

“Everything is homemade and handcrafted,” says Mission BBQ spokeswoman Linda Dotterer. “There are no freezers or microwaves in the building. We make everything from scratch.”

Including the patio, the fast-casual joint will seat 144, and aims to open sometime this summer.

Cava Grill
1403 Huguenot Road

Joining its siblings near Virginia Commonwealth University and Short Pump, a third area location for Cava Grill is expected to open this spring in TownePlace at Huguenot.

The D.C.-based chain offers Mediterranean fare in a fast-casual environment, using ingredients made in-house and from scratch. Guests are invited to customize their own meals with a variety of proteins, dips and toppings. A typical meal might include a grain bowl or salad topped with spicy lamb meatballs, tzatziki and a variety of vegetables. Cava also offers an online tool that lets you design your bowl virtually for pickup using an illustrated menu complete with calorie counter. At its opening, Cava will host a community day with free lunch and dinner. ¦

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