Upscale casual restaurant Sedona planned near Westmoreland Mall
An upscale casual restaurant is set to replace the former Ground Round outside of Westmoreland Mall.
The brainchild of business partners Christina Varrasso and Greg Cammerata, Sedona will have a wide range of menu items and an extensive alcohol selection. There’s “nothing like it” in Westmoreland County, Cammerata said.
“We definitely want to fill that niche for an upscale casual restaurant, but we want to have other things on the menu at lower prices,” he said.
The Cammerata Group purchased the Hempfield property from CBL Westmoreland for $1 million in August, according to county records.
The group submitted plans to the township in February, and last week a demolition permit was issued. Work tearing down the former Ground Round building could begin later this week or next week.
The Ground Round closed Nov. 17.
Diners at Sedona will be greeted by a small fountain near the entrance, according to site plans submitted to the township.
The 10,000-square-foot restaurant will have two stories with separate bars and fireplaces on each floor. The downstairs will be a more elegant setting, and an outdoor dining area will have couches and fire pits.
Menu items will be “fairly diverse” with burgers and pizza to steak, fish and lobster, Cammerata said. They plan to work with local growers and farmers for ingredients.
Varrasso and Cammerata plan to have live music on a second-floor stage on weekends and keep the bar areas open until 2 a.m. There will be more casual indoor and outdoor seating on the second floor.
“We want a place for the college kids to be able to come,” Cammerata said.
They expect to employ about 30 to 35 workers. The restaurant will seat about 350 diners. It could open in late spring or early summer.
But while demolition and construction is ongoing, Varrasso and Cammerata plan to entice diners by setting up a website and social media accounts to introduce their chefs and provide updates on the project.
Cammerata is the president and co-owner of KEYTEX Energy in Salem Township, an energy consulting firm. Varrasso immigrated from Italy with her family 30 years ago and has owned and operated numerous bar/restaurants in the Pittsburgh area with her family.