One of Leesburg's popular barbecue establishments is on the move.
Yummy Pig, owned by Jim Thompson, announced Friday that after four years at its Catoctin Circle location, it will be taking over the former Casa Nostra space at 2 W. Market St., across from the Tally Ho Theatre.
Local businessman Michael O'Connor, who owns the building, said he is “happy to see Yummy Pig coming into the downtown area.”
“I think they will do very well, and it is another great reason for people to visit the historic district we love so well,” O'Connor said.
Casa Nostra, a high-end Italian eatery, closed at the end of December after two years in business.
Yummy Pig will be taking over the downstairs of the building, and the upstairs will be Wild Geese Irish pub. Both will be operated by Thompson.
“Anybody who loves Irish music will be very happy with what is going in upstairs,” O'Connor said.
The Irish pub will offer classic Irish food with the “Yummy Pig twist,” Thompson said.
“There will be rugby and soccer on the TVs, it is European style,” he said.
In addition to bringing a full-service, family-style restaurant, Yummy Pig plans to increase its fast-casual delivery and carryout business.
Thompson is hoping to offer a takeout menu by mid-March, but setting up their full service should take until April.
The restaurant will also continue with the popular trivia nights – both upstairs and downstairs, he said.
“We are planning to add some downtown nightlife to Leesburg,” he said.
A sure sign of their arrival will be the tell-tale barbecue scent coming from the kitchen. Thompson said their barbecue smoker will be “rolling everyday,” and he hopes it will be a built-in marketer for their fare.