Chesterfield friends open joint venture in former Lisa’s Cafe
HOPEWELL – City Point Ice Cream & Burgers will open this summer in historic Hopewell. Friends Phillip Hughes and Jonathan Montiel chose the former Lisa’s Cafe space for their first joint venture.
“I fell in love with the building when I went there and had lunch one afternoon,” Hughes said.
The Wells Building is located in the historic district of downtown Hopewell, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After Chesterfield residents entered into a contract for the building, they contacted locals to determine what type of business to operate. The community revealed a strong desire for ice cream and burgers.
Hughes  and Montiel  would like their family business to become a place of destination for people from across the state.
“Downtown Hopewell is amazing…beautiful waterfront parks, other Broadway shopping,” Hughes said. “It’s great, and we’d like to be just a small part of getting more people downtown.”
City Point Ice Cream and Burgers
Preparations for the new restaurant in Hopewell are progressing apace.
“We had to paint and update the hood and the fire suppression,” Montiel said. “Our hood was delivered early, so installation will start this week.”
The new restaurant will have an industrial and modern vibe. The menu will include a variety of flavors of ice cream, burgers, hot dogs and “crazy” shakes. Richland Dairy & Creamery ice cream will be served. The provider is located between Petersburg and Blackstone in Dinwiddie County.
“Our ice cream is hand-dipped, premium, and local,” Montiel said. “We will have Ice Point Shakes with lots of different flavors.”
At Hopewell Downtown Partnership’s [HDP] On the third Thursday of the June 16 street festival, attendees were treated to free ice cream at City Point Ice Cream & Burgers.
“We can’t wait to have some awesome new neighbors,” Guncotton Coffee posted on Facebook. The cafe is looking forward to partnering with the new ice cream shop next door.
“Here at Hopewell, the best businesses to support are those that support and uplift each other,” Guncotton Coffee said.
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“Homemade for Hopewell”
A little birdie told me that City Point Ice Cream & Burgers will benefit from HDP’s Business Pitch Contest. The final round took place at Guncotton Coffee on May 26. The winners who will receive a portion of the $30,000 prize will be announced shortly.
“It’s a great experience to be part of someone’s dream trip,” said Heather Lyne, Executive Director of HDP. “HDP always strives to connect the community to existing resources and experts. That’s the Main Street way.”
What do business partners do when they’re not busy performing restaurant duties?
“Jonathan co-owns a tech company in Richmond, and I have a real estate company,” Hughes said.
City Point Ice Cream & Burgers located at 236 E. Broadway will be managed by Lexi, wife of Hughes. The partners hope to see overturned burgers and scooped ice cream at their new business from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in early August.
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