Franklin Street’s food scene is getting a new addition, with another pizza-based restaurant set to open in the coming weeks. The restaurant, New York Chicago Italian Pizza Kitchen Café, is part of a Texas-based chain, and specializes in “crust, cheese, and sauce.”
“We’re happy to bring some good ole Italian flavor to Franklin Street,” said franchise owner, Ned Michaels, over a Skype call. “And I’m excited to see Franklin Street! I’ve never been.”
New York Chicago Italian Pizza Kitchen Café is set to open next to Benny Capella’s, which is a few storefronts down from the up-and-coming MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza, which is caddy-corner to Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza, which is two shops down from I Love New York Pizza, which is a one-minute walk from Toppers, which is two storefronts away from Mellow Mushroom, which is about a block from IP3, which is super close to Papa John’s and Domino’s, though Domino’s is technically in Carrboro.
“I heard Artisan Pizza Kitchen recently closed,” said Michaels. “And while you hate to see a good pizza place go out of business, it should open up the market for a classic pizza pie!”
The restaurant was originally set to occupy the vacant spot left by Old Chicago, but was beat out by the franchise “Pizza Pizza Yum Yum Yum,”
“Please stop,” said Jennifer Baxley, a junior at UNC. “I can’t eat any more pizza. Can someone just sell me some lettuce or something? My body is dying.”
“What I know about college students is, they love pizza,” said Michaels. “They can’t get enough of it!”
Owners of other Franklin Pizza places (Pizza House, Pizza Now, Pizza Pizza Yum Yum, Crust, Pizzaaaaaa, A Whole Bunch of Dough, Pie Me To The Moon, Just in the Garlic of Time, Cheese!, Only Margherita, Meat Me In The Middle, and the ones mentioned in the article) were unavailable for comment.