Broth­ers to bring pizza, night life to Chat­tanooga

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - FRONT PAGE - BY AL­LI­SON SHIRK STAFF WRITER

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to come just to get a beer. We are not just a pizze­ria.” CAL TODD

Twin broth­ers Cal and Jack­son Todd think they can bring Chat­tanoogans the best New York-style pizza they have seen yet and add to the grow­ing nightlife scene in the North Shore neigh­bor­hood.

The 23-year-old own­ers of Pizza Bros at 501 Chero­kee Blvd. plan to open their first restau­rant ven­ture by the end of this month with no ex­act date yet. The broth­ers said they have ex­pe­ri­ence in the restau­rant in­dus­try with Cal hav­ing worked at sev­eral dif­fer­ent pizze­rias in town.

Cal and Jack­son live in north Chat­tanooga now, but they were born and raised in Ringgold, Ga. Jack­son said they both will be “sling­ing pies” in the kitchen when they do open.

“Every­one loves pizza,” he said. “And we just wanted to work for our­selves.”

They will be sell­ing 16-inch pies with a cheese pizza start­ing at $16. For around $25, cus­tomers can choose from one of the 10 spe­cialty pies, rang­ing in price from $17-$23, in­clud­ing a “Chicky Parm” with tomato sauce, roasted tomatos, chicken, roasted gar­lic, parmeesan and basil, or maybe a “Spicy

Cow­boy” with tomato sauce, cal­abrian pep­pers, salami, pep­per­oni, ri­cotta, buf­falo swirl and oregano.

There will be pizza by the slice in a heated cab­i­nent at the front of the store for the busy lunch crowd that may just want to grab one and go. Be­sides pizza, the menu will in­clude cold-cut hoa­gies with Niedlov’s buns and meat sliced daily. There will be sal­ads, wings, cheesy gar­lic bread, “dough­boiz” and desserts, in­clud­ing house-made can­no­lis and New York-style cheese­cake.

The pizza bros will also have 70 beers avail­able with 60 bot­tled or canned and 10 on draft. Cal said they will be fo­cus­ing on lo­cal craft beers. The broth­ers are in the process of ob­tain­ing their liquor li­cense, too.

“We just be­lieve in sup­port­ing lo­cal busi­nesses, and we like to see Chat­tanooga grow,” Cal said.

The broth­ers took over the space in Jan­uary from Sluggo’s Ve­gan Cafe — which is still next door to Pizza Bros — and be­gan ren­o­vat­ing it. The restau­rant can seat 47 guests with more seat­ing out­side and an L-shaped bar built us­ing ma­te­ri­als from South­east­ern Sal­vage that also pro­vides ad­di­tional seat­ing. With lim­ited park­ing, it’s best to park in the al­ley­way be­hind Pizza Bros if no street park­ing is avail­able in the front, they said.

Cal said they re­ally wanted to add to the night life in north Chat­tanooga, as well. The pizze­ria and bar will be open from 11 a.m. to mid­night daily, but the own­ers said they may ex­tend to even later hours de­pend­ing on busi­ness.

“We en­cour­age peo­ple to come just to get a beer,” Cal said. “We are not just a pizze­ria.”

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit their Face­book page at face­book.com/piz­z­abroschat­tanooga.

STAFF PHOTO BY AL­LI­SON SHIRK

Cal and Jack­son Todd are the 23-year-old twin broth­ers open­ing Pizza Bros at 501 Chero­kee Blvd. later this month. The si­b­lings said they think they can give Chat­tanoogans the best New York-style pizza they have tasted yet and add to the North Shore night life.

STAFF PHOTO BY AL­LI­SON SHIRK

Pizza Bros at 501 Chero­kee Blvd. took over part of Sluggo’s Ve­gan Cafe in Jan­uary and be­gan ren­o­vat­ing the space. The New York-style pizze­ria should be open by the end of Oc­to­ber, ac­cord­ing to broth­ers and own­ers Cal and Jack­son Todd.

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