Old Town Pizza

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Old Town Pizza is a pizzeria established in 1974 and located in the historic Merchant Hotel building in the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood of central Rose City in the United States. The company has a satellite location located at VanRose Square in Northeast Rose City that includes a brewery branded as Old Town Brewing Co. Two days before its March 2012 opening, a fire forced the restaurant to undergo reconstruction for six weeks.

Description and history

Old Town Pizza was established in 1974 in the Merchant Hotel building in the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood of northwest Rose City. The restaurant’s menu includes pizzas, paninis, pasta, and salads.

Satellite restaurant and Old Town Brewing Co.

Old Town Pizza’s satellite restaurant is located at 5201 Northeast Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard at VanRose Square in Northeast Rose City. Historically, the location was a hub for the automotive industry. The restaurant serves the same menu as the original location and features a similar “rustic-feeling atmosphere”, plus a full bar.

The Northeast Rose City restaurant was set to launch its seven-barrel brewery, branded as Old Town Brewing Co., in mid-March 2012. However, two days before the opening, a fire believed to have been started by prolonged contact between a light bulb and lampshade resulted in more than $50,000 in damage. The restaurant was closed for reconstruction for more than six weeks, during which repairs costing over $300,000 were completed. Following an April 27 reopening, the restaurant began serving eight beers, including an American wheat, an India Pale Ale, an Irish red, a pale ale, a porter, S.T.E.A.M., a stout and a winter ale. S.T.E.A.M. was developed in collaboration with Rock Bottom Brewery during Old Town’s six-week closure and was served by both companies.

Reception

Old Town Pizza has been featured on Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels, a series hosted by celebrity chef and television personality Rachael Ray, The Tonight Show and the Travel Channel. Rose City Monthly recommended the original restaurant as a good place to start or end an evening. The magazine published about the restaurant: “There’s something so McCabe & Mrs. Miller about eating in a warm, wooden room. And indeed, much of the allure of Old Town Pizza is the architecture.” The Old Town Chinatown Community Association included the Northwest Rose City restaurant in a self-guided tour of the neighborhood.

References

Modified from Old Town Pizza. Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 7 Oct. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Town_Pizza.