SUNNYSIDE — Pizzeria Lola is spinning off another pizza restaurant, and the new spot isn’t a carbon copy.
“This is more of a classic East Coast-style pizza,” said owner Ann Kim. “This brings back my original idea to open a New York slice shop.”
Hello Pizza will open around January 2013 at 3904 Sunnyside Rd. in Edina, formerly a Franklin Street Bakery storefront. It will offer a more casual atmosphere than Lola, with counter service, no wait staff, and slices to go or dine-in. The dough will continue to be made by hand, as at Lola, and the shop will sell Lola’s signature vanilla soft-serve ice cream.
Kim discovered the vacant spot while out running her dog Lola (the original pizzeria’s namesake).
“I thought it would be a great opportunity to use it as a commissary kitchen,” she said.
Pizzeria Lola is starting to run out of kitchen space, now that the restaurant is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Kim envisions running back and forth between shops as Lola need more dough, and at the same time, she can sell the New York slices she says are missing in Minnesota.
Kim attended college in New York, and the pizza left a lasting impression.
“That was my benchmark for what great pizza should be like,” she said.