Sandy Impeded Wheated’s Dreams, But Nothing Stops a Real Pizza Party

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Storm surge be damned. Photo: Hannah Whitaker / New York Magazine

A pizza pilgrim whose quest for char began with a hand-built, wood-fired pizza oven and continued with a Paulie Gee's apprenticeship was prepping his very own spot in Ditmas Park, called Wheated, set to open in early 2013 in the old NYC Icy space on Church Avenue, when Sandy hit New York. David Sheridan's custom Moretti Forni electric pizza ovens were locked inside a Coney Island storage unit during the storm, and were destroyed. Although they were declared a total loss, Sheridan's insurance company is denying the claim for the ovens, which cost $30,000. Slice reports that Sheridan and his wife are moving forward with their plans to open the restaurant regardless. [Slice/Serious Eats NY]