|Grimaldi's coal-fired pies|
There will be more than 200 seats, a banquet room, patio and bar, but the most important thing will be installing the coal-burning ovens. In 1998, Frank Ciolli bought the naming rights from Patsy Grimaldi, whose father opened the first Grimaldi's in Brooklyn, and expanded the brand (side note: Patsy G. recently opened another pie spot called Juliana's in Brooklyn). You can now find Grimaldi's in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Florida, South Carolina and New Jersey. [via GS]
And Michael’s Pizzeria, which was named top pie in the 2013 Los Angeles Restaurants guide, will open a third location at The Promenade in downtown Long Beach. The new restaurant has "thousands of square feet," which translates to more room for more pizza. According to a note on the website, the new Michael's will debut in February.