For a long time, Lexington had no outposts of LaRosa’s Pizzeria, the popular Cincinnati spaghetti place.
But next year the city will have two.
The first is scheduled to open on Richmond Road in March, next to the new Skyline Chili at 2850 Richmond Road.
And now Holland Restaurant Group is expanding plans to include Southland Drive.
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The group has purchased the former Hunan Chinese restaurant building at 115 Southland Drive for $700,000 and plans to tear it down to put a new LaRosa’s on the spot, owner Gary Holland said.
It is expected to open in late 2019, he said.
“It will be delivery and carry out only, with no dining room,” Holland said. “Our plan is to make that a hub for delivery and carry out for LaRosa’s. ”
Although it won’t have seating, the LaRosa’s will have the full menu of spaghetti and pastas, pizzas and calzones, hoagies, soups, salads, lasagna and desserts, he said.
Holland is looking for more locations for LaRosa’s and for Skyline, he said. A cult-favorite, Skyline serves Cincinnati-style chili over spaghetti noodles with piles of shredded cheese on top..
He said that he has been surprised at the interest in LaRosa’s when the Skyline location opened in July. In fact, the business changed plans and made the kitchen bigger.
“When Skyline opened, it was a smashing success, the busiest opening in the history of Skyline Chili and just about every single customer wanted to know when the LaRosa’s was opening,” Holland said. “We were excited, then realized it is going to be huge ... so we changed the kitchen to add more capacity, because of the response. ... We added another set of ovens.”