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The Larimer Square guys and Sean Kelly get a pizza the action

Sometime in December, Jeff Hermanson, Joe Vostrejs and Rod Wagner will add a new pizza bar to their portfolio of successful restaurants that already includes

Billy's Inn

,

LoHi Steakbar
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and pretty much every chow house on Larimer Square. Their newest place, whose name is yet to be determined, will take over the former

3 Sons

restaurant, which closed its location at 2915 West 44th Avenue in April and reopened in June at 14805 West 64th Avenue in Arvada.

"It's a concept that's been in the works for quite a while," admits Sean Kelly, the executive chef at LoHi Steakbar and a Jersey boy who'll also oversee the back-of-the-house team at the new joint. And because these boys don't do much of anything without a whole lot of research, Kelly and clan took a little trip to the Big Apple a few weeks ago to scout pizzerias where, explains Kelly, they "looked at new-style pizzerias, old-school pizzerias and everything in between."

"We went to a ton of different places and ate pizza after pizza after pizza," Kelly says, "and while we loved some of the modern pizzerias like Keste and Motorino, I think we want to do a family-friendly, neighborhood place with traditional pizzas, lots of salads and some antipasti."

You can also count on a formidable beverage roster of the alcoholic sort, with no fewer than 25 beers on tap. "This is going to be everything you'd expect from a pizza joint," Kelly promises.

And it's taking root in a neighborhood that needs exactly what Kelly and clan are proposing. "The Sunnyside neighborhood is another great untapped area," notes Wagner, who lives nearby. "My wife and I are always asking ourselves where we can go and eat and have a drink, and I think the restaurant that we're going to build will definitely fulfill that niche. If all goes well," he adds, "we'll be and running before the holidays."

We'll be waiting.

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