Company: Lake Gaston Pizza & More
Location: Henrico, North Carolina, United States
Charles Peter Richardson, Owner at Lake Gaston Pizza & More, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Business Owners for dedication, achievements, and leadership in restaurant administration.
With many years of experience to his credit, Mr. Richardson has excelled as the owner of Lake Gaston Pizza & More since 2016. In this position, he offers members of the Littleton, North Carolina community with southern-style home cooking, inspired by the background of his parents, and attracts thousands of customers during the summer season alone. Always consistently updating his menu based on his own experiences, including those of the restaurants he visits while vacationing away from the restaurant, Mr. Richardson is proud to continue expanding upon Lake Gaston Pizza & More, as it has notably become the largest dining facility on Lake Gaston in recent years.
Mr. Richardson began his career as the co-owner of a restaurant called The Lincoln in Petersburg, Virginia, which he established alongside his mother at the age of 18 in 1988. However, after one year of operations, they decided to close the restaurant in 1989 to take care of his father, who was diagnosed with cancer. He subsequently obtained a diploma in culinary arts at Paul Prudhomme’s New Orleans School of Cooking and completed an internship at the Wyndham Resort in Richmond, Virginia from 1989 to 1990. After buying and operating a small sports bar, purchasing other additional restaurants between 1990 and 2999 and refining his cooking skills through classes in Louisiana and Virginia, Mr. Richardson eventually acquired a failing restaurant known as The Lakehouse in 2004, which he later re-established to great success as Lake Gaston Pizza & More.
In light of his exceptional undertakings, Mr. Richardson has accrued several accolades throughout his career. In addition to having his restaurants profiled in magazines, Lake Gaston Pizza & More has been presented with myriad Readers’ Choice Awards, including for Best Service from 2017 to 2019, Best Takeout from 2017 to 2019, Best Wings from 2017 to 2022, Best Pizza from 2017 to 2022, Best Server from 2020 to 2022 and Best Sandwiches in 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022, to name only a few. Moreover, Lake Gaston & Pizza was recognized as the New Business of the Year in 2017.
Beyond his primary professional responsibilities, Mr. Richardson was responsible for the establishment of Lake-A-Palooza, a fundraising concert at Wabble Island, alongside country music artist Colton James. As a result of the concerts, which were organized in surprisingly short order, he helped to raise thousands of dollars for those battling leukemia, breast cancer, pediatric illnesses, and other serious ailments. Lake-A-Palooza was further cited among the Top Five Outdoor Concert Events in the Nation, and has attracted talent including the likes of Eric Dunlow. Mr. Richardson has additionally supported a local nonprofit war museum in Littleton, his local fire departments and EMT services, the Northampton County Child Protective Services and Halifax County Child Protective Services.
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