Local restaurateur Chris Doody will officially celebrate Piada’s third birthday on September 1st, but is also celebrating the opening of the eighth Central Ohio location the day before on August 30th. Few local restaurant startups have seen that kind of rapid expansion, and Doody plans to slingshot the concept all across the region and eventually the nation in the coming years.
“What tested the concept in various parts of Columbus and we think those restaurants are going to be successful and it’s given us confidence to try new markets,” said Doody. “Most of our growth throughout the next 12 – 24 months will be outside of Columbus. Piada is going national.”
The new store that opens next week is the first within the City of Worthington, located at the recently renovated Shops at Worthington Place. The 3,000 square foot store will seat 64, with a patio that can accommodate 28 more guests outside. As a part of the opening celebration, the first 100 guests through the door on opening day will receive gift cards for free Piada meals every week for a full year. The store will be open from 10:45am to 10pm, seven days per week.
With many suburbs now well represented with Piada locations, Doody hints that an urban store in Columbus may be a possibility in the future.
“Piada will clearly work in an urban setting, no question about it,” he explains. “We have to be careful not to do too many stores in a market too soon. I think you’ll see Columbus can support more Piadas, and we have some things cooking in Columbus, but nothing specific just yet.”
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