Second Pizza Man location to open at Mayfair Collection in Wauwatosa

WAUWATOSA (WITI) -- Pizza Man has announced it has signed a lease for The Mayfair Collection, the new mixed-use retail, residential, restaurant and hotel development in Wauwatosa. This marks the first time that the iconic Milwaukee restaurant will be expanding beyond its flagship location at 2597 North Downer Avenue, which re-opened in July 2013 after the original location was destroyed by fire.

This second Pizza Man location will be part of Phase I of HSA Commercial Real Estate's Mayfair Collection project which is anchored by Nordstrom Rack. Construction on the interior is planned to start in November with a grand opening scheduled for spring 2015. The 5,600 square-feet restaurant will be located east of the Corner Bakery Café. The restaurant will seat 200 diners and will include an outdoor patio, similar to the east side location.

The new location was desirable because it is highly accessible with direct access from Burleigh Street to U.S. Highway 45 in close proximity to Interstate 94, as well as positioned in a developing area near a number of new neighboring businesses. In addition, the location was a favorable site for the new restaurant since it is a blank canvas that allows for the ability to recreate the same Pizza Man experience that diners have come to enjoy.

The new location will be designed by Rinka Chung Architecture, Inc. and reflect the charm and authenticity of the Milwaukee icon established at the northeast corner of East North and North Oakland avenues more than forty years ago. Rinka Chung Architecture also designed the flagship location which re-opened last year. The new location will include the same rustic but modern look and feel, such as exposed brick and dark wooden booths that diners have come to enjoy at the east side location.

The menu at the new location will be similar to the flagship location, with some modifications. Executive Chef Zachary Baker will oversee the menu at both locations, so diners can count on getting the same pizza they have enjoyed for more than forty years at the new location.

Restaurant owner Mike Amidzich will be involved in both Pizza Man locations with backing from the original local investment group that re-opened Pizza Man in July 2013. General Manager Sarah Baker will manage both restaurants.