Chris Sommers, Co-Owner of Pi Pizzeria launching new pizza concept
St. Louis, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Chris Sommers, the Co-Owner of Pi Pizzeria, this week announced he is launching a new pizza concept for all St. Louis residents. The pizza mogul announced he will roll out a ‘ZZA at 282 N. Skinker Blvd., near Washington University’s campus in sometime early 2017. The information was gathered from a liquor license application submitted to the city of St. Louis earlier this month.
Sommers told the St. Louis Magazine that the restaurant is inspired by one of his favorite spots to enjoy pizza in San Francisco, and that the entity will be opening in an as soon as 3 months. The menu, like other Sommers’ restaurants, will include about eight varieties of pizza, as well as eight varieties of salad. The signature item, less shockingly, will be a pi’zzata, which is a pizza with a center cut out and a salad stacked in the middle.
The ‘ZZA’s pizzas will cook in approximately two minutes, in line with fast-casual wait times, he told the publication. The ‘ZZA will be a 30-seat, 1,600-square-foot space, and will be designed by SPACE Architects + Designs. The architect company also designed Pi Pizzeria’s downtown St. Louis and Cincinnati locations.
Sommers told the magazine the location was carefully selected to complement the Washington University campus. Most of the customers will likely be foot traffic from the university at all hours of the day. The property, owned by Washington University, has an appraised value of $117,800, according to city of St. Louis real estate records. The university is excited of the prospect of another pizza joint that can accommodate its hungry students.
Additionally, a second location for another ‘ZZA is close to be finalized currently. Sommers has been a busy man, and hopes to continue serving the residents of St. Louis with the quality pizza they deserve.
Contributing Editor: Alexandra R. Fasulo