Big things are planned at Downtown’s Pershing Square Building, where former Nick and Stef’s exec chef Brian Kiepler just opened Pie Boy Pizzeria with Doug Rausenberger, a former manager at Border Grill. BlogDowntown reports the two are serving pizza, with the dough made in-house and a choice of three sauces, as well as dishes from baked garlic chicken and hot wings to pressed “pie-ninis.” Rausenberger takes a dig at the previous Kosher-pizza maker tenant, “People want pepperoni on their pizza…Pepperoni just isn’t Kosher.” But that’s not all the duo has in store here.
With building owner Jeffrey Fish, the team plans a rooftop restaurant that runs through the top three floors of Pershing Square with help from designer Alexis Roworth. The food will cover a wide range of influences, and include affordable small plates, stressing sustainable market ingredients and area ranches. Details are scant, but the ground floor will have a restaurant, and a basement bar or jazz club are also being considered. The revitalization of this near-centurion building is a boost to the neighborhood and the city’s history.
Pie Boy Pizzeria, now open at 456 S. Hill. Downtown. 213-627-9990.
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