A pizza spot that seems tailor-made for Atlanta is coming to the A.
Nashville-based Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beria is set to open two metro locations this year: The eatery will take over the space previously occupied by One Rooster Mongolian Grill at 1016 Howell Mill Road in West Midtown at the end of February or beginning of March, and work will start Tuesday on a ground-up location at 581 Metropolitan Parkway in Adair Park set to open over the summer.
Co-owner Clint Gray said the restaurant’s expansion to Atlanta is a no-brainer.
“Growing up in Nashville, Atlanta was always in our backyard,” he said. “The culture here fits our brand tremendously. With the focus on hip hop and R&B, it’s a perfect fit.”
To that end, Slim & Husky’s offers a selection of signature pizzas with hip hop and R&B-inspired names, including the pepperoni pie Rony, Roni, Rone named for 90s R&B group Tony! Toni! Tone!; the California Love, a veggie option that’s a nod to the Tupac song of the same name; and the new Cee No Green, a meat lover’s pizza that’s an homage to Cee Lo Green of Atlanta hip hop group Goodie Mob.
The menu also features a variety of “drizzles,” housemade sauces that include spinach basil pesto, jalapeno cilantro ranch and stoneground peach mustard; build your own pizza and salad options; and a variety of cinnamon rolls including one topped with whiskey, caramel, pecans and bacon.
Also look for more than 10 beers on tap from local breweries and art from Atlanta artists gracing the walls.
Gray said the Howell Mill location, a “recent find,” was chosen because the “area is on the up and up” and Adair Park was picked because “the community is underserved, and we want to provide a quality product for a decent price.”
While there’s an obvious emphasis on the food, Slim & Husky’s also looks beyond the kitchen, Gray said, by trying to choose locations for their restaurants where they can contribute to the community.
“Adair Park is an underserved community,” Gray said. “’We want to provide a quality product for a decent price for the community.”
Slim & Husky’s also plans to organize community events in Atlanta similar to ones its participated in in Nashville including 12 Days of Giving, with the restaurant feeding more than 1,500 students at 12 Nashville schools and talking to them about entrepreneurship and Pizza and a Movie nights where the eatery will show old 90s movies on a big screen and serve pizza.
“We’re trying to bring the Slim & Husky’s culture,” Gray said. “We’re not just a pizza restaurant.”
Gray said there are big plans for Slim & Husky’s, including more Atlanta and Nashville locations and an eye toward restaurants in Memphis and Birmingham.
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