Austinites have been eagerly awaiting any updates on Home Slice’s North Loop expansion, and the New York-style pizzeria is ready to share some details: Expect buffalo wings, cocktails, and Sicilian slices when the second location finally opens on 53rd Street sometime in late fall 2017 (though no exact date or month was provided).
What is being referred to as Home Slice NOLO will differ slightly from the original South Congress one. First, it will offer those buffalo wings, one of those standard Northeastern bar snacks. The pizzeria will offer a gluten-free version of the poultry dish, too. Home will also expand its Sicilian square pie offers to daily (currently, the South Congress shop fires up Sicilian pies twice a week).
Then there’s the full bar with cocktails (as opposed to the current wine and beer selection down south). It will focus on vermouths, amaros, and classic cocktails like Manhattans and Boulevardiers.
The new restaurant will offer both dine-in and takeout, as well as seating every which way from the patio to bar. The capacity will be the same as the combined South Congress locations (the restaurant proper and the takeout annex), but parking is doubled.
Three longtime Home Slice employees are being promoted to partners and minority owners of the pizzeria, Nano Whitman as director of operations, Jeff Mettler in charge of special projects, and Adam Cooper, director of infrastructure. Co-founders Jen Scoville Strickland, Joseph Strickland, and Terri Hannifin-Buis opened Home Slice on South Congress in November 2005.
For the North Loop expansion, which was announced back in the fall of 2015, the trio took over a lot which used to house shuttered sandwich trailer Melvin's Deli Comfort.