Lexington family opens new pizzeria focused on locally grown ingredients

Ian and Cassie Walls cut the ribbon on their brand-new pizzeria in Lexington on Thursday. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Ian and Cassie Walls cut the ribbon on their brand-new pizzeria in Lexington on Thursday. (photo by Rachel Ham)

Produce grown in the Midlands and around the state is being turned into family-size pizzas at a brand-new eatery in Lexington.

The Walls have opened their first restaurant, Knead Pizza, just down the road from Lexington High School. Ian and Cassie saw the opportunity to bring something new to the area after setting up their home in Lexington.

“We noticed there was a lack of good places to eat,” Ian Walls said.

The Walls have called the Midlands home for about 10 years and recently relocated to Lexington after Ian left the Air Force. He said he still is using the principles taught in the military, like leadership and discipline, as a restaurant owner.

Knead Pizza already is being recognized for high quality and using food grown locally. Walls said it has been a priority since the restaurant’s opening in June to avoid preservatives and instead bring in fresh, local ingredients as much as possible. Knead Pizza works primarily with Senn Brothers Produce and US Foods’ Lexington location to source items for the kitchen.

“We want people to trust what they eat,” Walls said.

Knead Pizza created 15 jobs in the area, and the business still is hiring.

To learn more about Knead Pizza, its menu and specials, or career opportunities, follow the restaurant on Facebook. Knead Pizza is open seven days a week at 104 Scarborough Drive and can be reached at (803) 785-3500.

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