Granville chef Tommy Festa revealed on Oct. 7 his plans to open his own restaurant, “Tommy’s Place,” at 36-38 Main Street in Granville.
The prior home of “Granville House of Pizza,” just up the road from Festa’s former employer, Edwards Market, will be the site of Festa’s brainchild, he said via Facebook.
“It has been a dream of mine for my entire life to have my own restaurant. The dream is about to become a reality and I couldn’t be more excited about it,” Festa said in his post.
Washington County Real Property records show the deed for the property was filed on Aug. 6 for a purchase price of $60,000.
Village clerk Rick Roberts said he’s excited to see Festa continue to serve the Granville community, one he has taken great pride in diving himself into and identifying with.
“I’m very glad to see Tommy come back. It’s going to be another breath of life on Main Street,” Roberts said. “Tommy puts his heart into everything he does.”
Roberts provided some historical background with the former “Granville House of Pizza” which was owned by three Greek families according to town historian Erik Pekar, the Mallios’, the Haritidis’ and the Staikos’.
Festa added that his Clever Cleaver Food Truck will continue making its rounds throughout the community and Washington County hotspots, but “Tommy’s Place” will serve as a lunch and dinner location of homemade meals including soups, sandwiches and entrees.
The travelling chef is still putting the final touches on the building and says the opening will be “coming soon.” “Keep your eyes peeled and your bellies ready!” Festa said.