During my time at the Downtown Development Authority, I have heard a number of requests for businesses downtown, but the most common, the most enduring, the most heartfelt…always had to do with pizza.
It’s not that pizza isn’t available at all in downtown. Fertitta’s Deli on Fairfield Ave. serves up a hot, made to order personal pizza and The Sand Bar at 415 Spring St. offers up Pizza King pies, but there has been nothing consistently available in the Central Business District, certainly not a place to grab a slice and a drink and be on your way…until now.
In November, the much-loved Pop N’ Pizza will be moving from its current Kings Highway location to 500 Texas, at the corner of Texas and Marshall, right across from the Caddo Parish Courthouse and a short hop from Government Plaza. Owner Brittani Shabazz has been pondering this move for some time. As the popularity of her pizza grew, the space on Kings Highway became more and more confining. Its tiny dimensions meant that she would never be more than a take-out/delivery space.
Her new digs on Texas Street will allow indoor tables and outdoor seating, more employees, additions to the menu and pizza by the slice. It is fair to say that Brittani is both excited and terrified to be moving her small and popular shop someplace completely new, and she frets at the knowledge that the move and ensuing permit applications and other governmental requirements will mean a period of time without revenue and pizza.
The hopefully-short down time will allow her to refine a new menu that will include more pizza options, fresh salads and drinks. This is her current Menu.
Brittani has fun with her pizzas. During baseball season there is Ballpark Pizza loaded with hot dogs and chili sauce, bacon, onions, and nacho cheese drizzle. There is her Hot Mess piled with pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, jalapenos, olives and loads more, her double pepperoni pizza, pizza chunks with dipping sauce, wings, fries loaded with pizza toppings, cheese and marinara sauce, and if it’s salad you crave– a spinach salad pizza.
Brittani hopes to be able to bring her brilliant blue Pop n’ Pizza signage to light up Texas Street and guide customers to delicious pizza and conversation and a popular new place that will have the town talking. Her hours are still up in the air, but she is seriously thinking about a couple of late nights to feed the club crowd and Monday- Saturday lunch service. She will have all kinds of delivery options, some specific for downtown employees, and she promises to get hot, fresh, made to order pizzas out the door and into your mouth in 15-30 minutes.
Brittani also wants to have some fun with her new space- possible fashion shows and other types of parties and events that were impossible to handle in her small Kings Highway shop.
We are looking forward to Brittani and Rill becoming part of our downtown neighborhood and can’t wait to be able to ‘pop n’ for their pizza!