UPDATED: Your Pie pizza place plans to open at Hilltop in February

(Courtesy of yourpie.com)
(Courtesy of yourpie.com)

The local franchisee for Your Pie, a fast-casual pizza restaurant that puts an emphasis on craft beer, has leased a space at the Hilltop North Shopping Center in Virginia Beach with the hope of opening there by early February.

Jeff Rhoades opened his first Your Pie location in Hampton Roads earlier this year at Ward’s Corner in Norfolk. It has since drawn rave reviews online (a 4.5-star rating on Yelp with 53 reviews). Things are going so well that Rhoades, who has an agreement with the company to open six of the restaurants in Hampton Roads, said he accelerated his expansion plan.

It is likely that Hilltop won’t be his last Virginia Beach location. Rhoades, a Beach resident, said he is also interested in Red Mill, Town Center, Lynnhaven and the Oceanfront for future sites.

“I love the idea of the Oceanfront in the summer,” he said.

Your Pie’s hallmark is its $8 hand-tossed pizza that is made-to-order as the customer moves down a line of sauces, cheeses and ingredients, and which is baked in about two minutes in a brick oven. The menu also includes chopped salads, paninis and gelato.

Craft beer is another big feature. Rhoades said his Norfolk location has 10 taps and a variety of bottled beers. The Hilltop location will have 20 to 22 taps and more bottled varieties, he said. Wine is also served.

Your Pie started in 2006 in Athens, Ga.

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