After firing up in the Fan nearly a year ago, a Northern Virginia-based pizzeria brand is preparing to open its second local restaurant across from Innsbrook.

Pupatella is taking over the former Pie Five Pizza location at 10921 W. Broad St. in the Colonnades West shopping center.

Pupatella franchisee and Richmond native Zeeshan Kaba would not say when he plans to open the Henrico location.

Pie Five, which opened in the shopping center in 2013, recently vacated the space. The chain still has a location in Willow Lawn.

Founded in Arlington, Pupatella is described as a Neapolitan-style pizza joint whose 11-inch pies are cooked in a wood-fired oven at 800 to 1,000 degrees.

Kaba’s Fan storefront at 1 N. Morris St. was Pupatella’s first in the Richmond market.

Martin Blum and Susan Jones with Colliers International handled the lease for Pupatella, which joins several national retailers and restaurants in Colonnades West, such as Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Marshall’s, Shoe Carnival and OfficeMax.

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