East Side Pies is heading in a new direction. In the next few months, the popular pizza joint will be renovating its original shop, opening a new market, and adding a new location to the family.
According to ESP office manager Mikey McCarthy, the restaurant is currently in the process of revamping its first shop at 1409 Rosewood Ave. and adding indoor seating and a larger patio. The owners are also hard at work building out the space next door, the former home of Trailer Space Record Shop, and turning it into a corner market.
McCarthy says the concept and name of the market are still being finalized, but the shop will serve bottled and draft beer that can be enjoyed on the patio along with the restaurant’s pizza. The space will serve coffee, pastries, and cookies. The team expects the market to be open by the end of December.
The mini-chain, which has additional locations on West Anderson Lane and Airport Boulevard, also announced it will be heading north to 13265 US-183 to open its next shop. “It was time that that part of Austin had some East Side Pies,” McCarthy tells CultureMap.
McCarthy says East Side Pies jumped at the chance to expand to a different part of town after being contacted by the team at Amy’s Ice Cream, who own the shopping center. In addition to an Amy’s location, the strip also has an outpost of Phil’s Icehouse and indoor skydiving chain iFly.
Offering the same menu for dine-in or delivery, the eatery will be BYOB for the immediate future. McCarthy says the team is aiming to have everything up and running by the end of September or early October.
And as CultureMap previously reported, the pizza joint will also be flying to the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport to open a shop near the Salt Lick BBQ between gates 10-11 in December. That kiosk will offer 10-inch versions of the restaurant’s most popular pies.
Despite all the explosive growth, the company says it will stay true to its roots, both in using regionally sourced ingredients and in being true neighborhood concepts — the international customers at ABIA notwithstanding. “We hope to tap into what everybody needs,” says McCarthy.