By Mike Kinney
As construction progresses on the home of Nico’s Wood Fire Pizza Cafe in Richmond — locating next door to Catahoula Coffee — the highly anticipated eatery received more good news from the city last week.
At its latest meeting, the city Planning Commission unanimously approved a request for outdoor seating for the restaurant at 12480 San Pablo Ave.
On Monday, I paid the location a visit and was greeted hospitably by Tim “Timber” Manhart, who founded Catahoula Coffee and is also behind the Nico’s Wood Fire Pizza venture.
Manhart aims to open Nico’s by summer this year, adding, “We are moving at the speed of cash flow.”
Manhart was kind enough to lead me on a tour of the building, which once housed the Merry Maids cleaning service. It has been totally gutted on the inside in order to be retrofitted for earthquake compliance, Manhart said.
When Nico’s opens, Manhart aims for his menu and environment to be warm and cozy; a comfortable cafe offering wood-fired pizza, fresh salads, and artisan craft beers.
Timber wants everything really simple and of course really delicious. He has Naples style, hand tossed sour dough pizza, and there are plans for a “Richmond Salad” made of seasonal, locally grown ingredients.
Nico’s Wood Fired Pizza is already gaining attention, having done a series of pop-ups as a public introduction. For example, it was featured at a Barrel Aged Bottle Release Party by Richmond-based Benoit-Casper Brewing.
Follow Nico’s Wood Fired Pizza’s Facebook page for updates.