Friday, July 17, 2015

PIZZERIA LOCALE OPENS FIRST KANSAS CITY LOCATION



Neapolitan-style pizzeria in partnership with Chipotle Mexican Grill opens first location outside Denver in Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood

DENVER, July 9, 2015 – Pizzeria Locale, a partnership between restaurateurs Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson and Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG), will officially open its third restaurant, the first outside of Denver, at 505 West 75th Street in Kansas City, Mo., on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Pizzeria Locale’s fast-casual restaurants are based on Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson’s full-service pizzeria in Boulder, Colo., and incorporate the original’s commitment to the finest ingredients and service with a fast-casual service model inspired by Chipotle.

“Opening Pizzeria Locale in Kansas City is an exciting milestone for us and we are thrilled that we’re able to be a part of such a dynamic and inspiring dining scene,” said Mackinnon-Patterson. “The community of restaurateurs, purveyors and diners has welcomed us with open arms.”

Pizzeria Locale offers a menu that includes classic pizzas as well as the option for guests to create their own combinations from a selection of high-quality ingredients presented in an interactive service line. Pizzas are then fired in a custom-designed, high-temperature pizza oven. The restaurant also serves hand-tossed salads and sides, including meatballs and freshly sliced prosciutto. Red or white Italian wine, custom-blended by Stuckey, is available on tap. Additionally, the Kansas City location offers a special selection of local beers from Mother’s Brewing, Boulevard, Martin City, Urban Chestnut, Public House, Free State and Schlafly. The menu also features a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, including Alchemy Coffee from Lawrence, Kan., which created 8 oz. cold brew coffee bottles specially for Pizzeria Locale.

Pizzeria Locale’s contemporary interiors, produced in collaboration with Denver-based firm Semple Brown Design, features dark woods, white tiled floors and walls and marble accents on tables and the pizza-making station.  Additional design highlights include photographs of Naples street scenes and markets by Dave Woody, a Colorado-based photographer and longtime friend of Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson’s. Pizzeria Locale’s Kansas City location has indoor seating for 32 and seasonal outdoor seating for 18.

The original Pizzeria Locale in Boulder opened in 2011 and was created by Frasca Food and Wine founders Stuckey, a Master Sommelier, and executive chef Mackinnon-Patterson.  The full-service restaurant is a contemporary pizzeria inspired by the traditional pizzerias of Naples, Italy.  The fast-casual restaurants also draw from the same inspiration, as well as a commitment to premium ingredients and an interactive service format similar to Chipotle.

Pizzeria Locale joins ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen as an additional concept that provides future growth opportunities for Chipotle.  Chipotle currently operates 10 ShopHouse restaurants in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles with additional restaurants opening in the coming months.

Stuckey and Mackinnon-Patterson’s other ventures, Frasca Food and Wine and the original Pizzeria Locale in Boulder, Colo., are not part of this partnership and are not affiliated in any way with Chipotle.

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