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Three-way, four-way or five-way? Prior to summer opening, Skyline Chili offers a sampling

In May, construction of the Skyline Chili was well under way on Richmond Road. It opened in July and the LaRosa’s Pizzeria is expected to open in March. A First Watch will be coming soon, too.
In May, construction of the Skyline Chili was well under way on Richmond Road. It opened in July and the LaRosa’s Pizzeria is expected to open in March. A First Watch will be coming soon, too. cbertram@herald-leader.com

The city's new Skyline Chili is expected to open later this summer, but a free sampling event is schedule on the restaurant's construction site on June 8 and 9.

A spokesperson at Holland Restaurant Group, the largest franchise owner of Skyline, said the event will take place at lunchtime on June 8 and 9 at 2850 Richmond Road.

Tasters will be able to sample chili cheese coneys and slices of LaRosa's Pizza, another Holland-owned franchise which is being built adjacent to Skyline on Richmond Road.

The new Skyline will seat 132 and the dining room will feature a fireplace. Also, the restaurant will have its first-ever double-lane drive through window. The company applied for a permit to build at 4,855-square-foot $700,000 restaurant there in January.

"We realize that both brands are new to Lexington and we want everybody to get a taste of what's coming," said Holland spokesperson Ann Keeling.

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A sampling event will be held at the construction site on June 8 and 9 where samplers can taste coneys from Skyline and pizza slices from LaRosa's. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

Started in Cincinnati in 1949, the Skyline menu is a unique one, and almost everything comes with mounds of shredded cheese on top. The menu begins with the classic "three-way"-- spaghetti, secret-recipe chili and cheese. Adding onions or beans makes a "four-way", and adding both is called a "five-way". Cheese coneys (hot dogs with mustard and secret recipe chili, topped with onions and shredded cheddar cheese on a bun) are popular as well. Skyline also has burritos, chilitos, salads, wraps and fries.

Cincinnati-style chili includes Mediterranean spices including cinnamon, cloves, allspice, chocolate and bay leaves.

LaRosa's is another Cincinnati staple, serving specialty pizzas, calzones and pasta. The restaurant will have a 200-seat dining room and offer pick-up and delivery options as well. LaRosa's was started on Cincinnati's West Side by Buddy LaRosa in 1954 and is now a $164 million restaurant company with 65 pizzerias across Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Tennessee.

First Watch, a breakfast/daytime cafe also owned by Holland, is moving from its current 3071 Richmond Road location to join Skyline and LaRosa's on Richmond Road.

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A First Watch daytime cafe will be built nearby the Skyline and LaRosa's. First Watch currently sits on 3071 Richmond Road. Charles Bertram cbertram@herald-leader.com

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