Shauna Steigerwald reports:
Fans of Mac’s Pizza Pub’s pies and “Macovers” will soon have one more place to get them.
Mac Ryan, who has pizza pubs in Clifton Heights and on the Fairfax-Mariemont border, plans to open a third restaurant at 2920 Montgomery Road, a little north of Fields Ertel in the Landen neighborhood of Deerfield Township.
“This particular building and the neighborhood it’s in poses a neat opportunity,” Ryan said.
Formerly Tabby’s restaurant and bar, the building is 5,000 square feet, bigger than his other restaurants. A large bar in the middle will seat about 30, with room for about 150 more at tables. There’s also a large outdoor patio that flows into a sand volleyball court. Ryan plans to expand it into two courts so he can offer sand volleyball leagues, and he’ll have bocce ball, cornhole and small, acoustic concerts. Three large, garage-style doors can be opened to help the inside of the restaurant flow to the outside, he said.
Ryan said he’ll close on the building within the next month or so and then start the build-out. He’s hoping to open by New Year’s Day for football games — after all, there will be plenty of TVs to watch them on, and 300 beers to drink while you watch.
Josh Freid, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef who has worked around town at restaurants such as Jeff Ruby’s, is half owner in the new location. With Freid as the corporate chef, Mac’s will be better able to entertain franchise requests, Ryan said.
“We have multiple parties interested in opening more (restaurants),” he said.
When it opens, the new location will serve lunch and dinner and be open late Friday and Saturday nights. The menu will be mostly the same as the other restaurants, with variances as the location dictates, Ryan said.