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.
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.
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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."