Goodfellas Pizzeria will bring its New York-style pizza to the Pepper distillery campus.
Owners Alex Coats and Eric Boggs plan to open a 4,500-square-foot quick-service pizza restaurant in a portion of the old distillery that overlooks Town Branch.
This will be the third Goodfellas location, joining Mill Street and at Two Keys Tavern.
“It’s an open kitchen, making New York-style pizza, so you can see them tossing the dough,” Coats said. The owners plan to sell 22-inch pizzas by the pie and the slice.
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“We plan on doing lots of slices,” Coats said. “There’s no one open down in that area for lunch, and there are a lot of industrial workers down there.”
Goodfellas offers a huge slice of pizza, with a soda and either a breadstick, salad or dessert for $6, he said.
Construction on the space is expected to start in the next month,and the owners hope to open in August.
Inside, the look will tend toward industrial with exposed brick. The former smokestack of the Pepper distillery will become a VIP room, with a wrap-around staircase. Upstairs will be a 1,000-square-foot mezzanine, a half-floor overlooking the bartenders, with a living-room like atmosphere with reclaimed wood, leather couches and low lighting.
They also hope to have outdoor seating on a brick patio next to the creek. Windows from the restaurant overlook the creek.
They plan to add a “speakeasy” like the Wiseguy Lounges at their Cincinnati locations.
“We fell in love with” the location, Coats said. “We thought, when are going to have the opportunity to go into an old distillery?”
The bar will be “Roaring ’20s-themed, with guys in paper boy hats,” Boggs said. And there will be hundreds of different bourbons.
“We’re going to bring a cocktail scene to Lexington that people have never experienced,” he said.
The pizzeria is one of several new developments coming to the distillery campus on Manchester Street just outside of downtown.
A news conference Wednesday is expected to announce a major new tenant that will anchor the west end of the campus, where a mural was painted over recently.
Also on the campus: The Break Room bar, Ethereal Brewing, Middlefork Kitchen restaurant and bar, Crank & Boom Dessert Lounge and Barrel House Distilling, which is expanding to add liquor by the drink this summer.