Just got off the phone with Patrick Mangold-White, co-owner of Kaos Pizzeria, the tiny pie shack at 1439 South Pearl Street that's located just down the block from Gaia Bistro, the lovely breakfast and lunch refuge that Mangold-White also runs with his partner Jon Edwards.
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The reason for the call?
Kaos, which has one huge pizza oven and exactly zero seats, is expanding into the space next door, a former photography studio that shares a sensational courtyard, strewn with budding botanicals and shady trees, with Kaos. The additional square footage, says Mangold-White, will allow for 40 seats. "We'll still deliver pizzas, but we felt like this was a great opportunity to expand, especially since we've had so many people asking to sit inside," explains Mangold-White, who also has plans to add a covered patio, wooden deck and beer garden. "We have a really great outdoor area, so we're going to make the most of it by adding different places to hang out," he says.
The current menu, which is mostly a board of pastas, salads and artisan pizzas, will grow, too. "We want to do some really creative things from the oven -- things like terracotta pots with seafood, maybe a salt-encrusted trout and definitely more entrees," Mangold-White tells me.
He's shooting for an early April opening of the additional space. Next up, he says, is a wine and beer license. "Between our pizzas, all of the outdoor seating and the addition of a beer garden, we'll have something that South Pearl Street has never seen before."