Remains to be seen whether a thin, Chicago-style crust will incite the pizza-eating masses quite like a famous deep dish pie’s arrival in Denver did last year.
But even without a dedicated (read: cult) following, Grabowski’s pizzeria is set to open sometime in July at The Source. It’s planned for the space previously occupied by Comida, which closed on April 30.
While Giordano’s and other Chicago pizzerias are known far and wide for their souffle-like pies, Grabowski’s will have none of that. Instead, it’s bringing back “1950s tavern-style” pizzas, according to a news release. What does that mean? Rectangular slices and a crunch not unlike Domino’s thin crust.
Toppings will be simple — “no fruit, no truffles, no seafood!” co-owner Jared Leonard said. Beer will be served in pitchers, and arcade games will fill a mezzanine level at the restaurant. Customers can also order their pizza via walk-up window (open late nights) or with delivery service.
Leonard owns Au Feu smoked meats, The Budlong hot chicken and AJ’s Pit Bar-B-Q in Denver. But his food businesses started in Chicago, where he grew up. He’s partnering on the project with Justin Anderson, another Chicago transplant, who works for The Source and Zeppelin Station.
They say Grabowski’s should fill a Chicago-style, thin-crust void in Denver’s pizza scene.
And if you’re wondering about the name, Grabowski is a common surname in the Chicago Polish community, but it has also become a noun and friendly nickname, referring to no-nonsense, blue-collar types.
Leonard even describes it like you would, say, a pizza crust: “a softie underneath the rough and tough exterior,” he said. “The word captures all of the things I love about the ’80s and growing up in Chicago.”