Pi Pizzeria is continuing its pizza domination and announced this week it's adding a location in Cincinnati, Ohio. It will be Pi's seventh location overall and only the second outside of St. Louis.
"We are thrilled to be there. Cincinnati is having a major concentrated and strategic resurgence," co-owner Chris Sommers tells us, "and we just wanted to be a part of it."
Pi has teamed up once again with Space Architects to create a space at Sixth and Main in the AT580 building in Cincinnati. It will seat about 125 to 150 people and have 25 beers on tap. Almost all of them, if not all, will be St. Louis and Cincinnati beers. Schlafly is also joining Pi -- this will be the first time its beer is available in Ohio. The new Pi is expected to open in August.
"[Cincinnati is] taking food very seriously. They are maybe a few years behind us on the local food scene, but they have really stepped up their game," Sommers says. "So it's the right time for us to join them and hopefully introduce them to our style of pizza that they will embrace."
There will be a few new things on the menu, appetizer-wise, and Sommers says the Cincinnati location will allow them to experiment and try new things that they might bring back to St. Louis. Sommers says he won't rule out a location in Chicago -- though he admits they might consider Pi's deep dish blasphemy -- and that Pi is definitely eyeballing expansions in nearby cities including Memphis, Louisville and Nashville. He also says another location in Washington, D.C. will happen in the next twelve months.
"We're never going to lose sight of the fact that we're from St. Louis. We've got a team on broad to make sure our current operations don't suffer form our expansion," Sommers says. "We're happy to bring St. Louis exports with us, like Schlafly, and have pieces of St. Louis spread across the country, just as we brought them to D.C."