Pippin Hill owners to open Tuscan-inspired restaurant on Downtown Mall

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Say goodbye to Positively 4th Street. The Downtown Mall spot at 401 E. Main St. that’s been serving up appetizers, burgers, and brunch since April 2011, will serve its last customers on Saturday, February 1. The restaurant will be replaced by Red Pump Kitchen, a Tuscan and Mediterranean restaurant featuring a classic Italian wood-burning oven.

According to a press release from Easton & Porter Group LLC, Pippin Hill Farm owners Lynn Easton Andrews and Dean Porter Andrews are joining forces with Coran Capshaw and Riverbend Management Inc.’s Alan Taylor, who owns P4.

“I”m looking forward to the new partnership with Dean and Lynn,” Taylor said.  “As you can see from what they’ve done with Pippin Hill, they have wonderful taste, in both design and food.”

The press release said the restaurant will feature local farm products, house-made pastas, charcuterie, and breads “to create dishes that are rooted in contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.” As for the beverages, expect a curated wine list featuring small production vineyards from around the world, especially local Virginia wineries.

Red Pump Kitchen’s projected opening is late April, 2014.