Nary a hammer has been heard behind the plywood-encased Project Pie located on the MGM Grand Walkway downstairs at the resort. Now comes word that the joint plans to open in late July or early August, and already has 19 more locations targeted in the next two years.
James Markham, who also founded the MOD Pizza chain in Seattle and Pieology in Fullerton, Calif., is behind the pizza spot. “We’ll have six stores open within the next seven months,” he says.
Project Pie also plans to open a second location later this summer in San Diego, and as well as the chain’s home base of Carlsbad, Calif., and Boulder, Colo. Three to five locations in New York City and more in MGM-owned properties are planned in the future.
Guests can choose their toppings for one price or pick one of seven from the menu. The pizzas cook up in less than three minutes in an 800-degree gas-fired oven. The Neapolitan-style pizzeria will also have a gluten-free option.
The location at the MGM Grand will take up 1,800 square feet with seating for about 52. Markham describes Project Pie’s design as “vintage industrial.”
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