Columbia chef/restaurateur/butcher Henry Griffin is launching his latest concept, a wood-fire pizza pub and grill in Chapin.

Taking his surname, the new venture is called The Griffin and slated for a July 17 opening in a new retail center in the suburb.

“Chapin is one of the fastest growing parts of the metropolis part of Columbia,” Griffin tells Free Times. “There’s higher income, they’re building more homes, there’s not a lot of places to eat.”

Griffin emphasizes that the restaurant will be his first new concept. He’s having a hand in almost every facet, from the layout to the design.

Griffin plans to offer up a host of to-be-expected options from a pizza pub and grill in Carolina — four to five wood-fired pizzas (mushroom, sausage, margherita, etc.) barbecue, smoked chicken wings and more bar grub. In a hyper-local touch, he plans to source his meat through his other business, The Royal Butcher in Lexington.

The restaurant will feature an open kitchen concept and seat roughly 70 in its 3,000-square-foot interior, along with more seating on its similarly sized, year-round outdoor patio. Griffin plans to serve 10 to 15 beers on tap along with liquor and wine.

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