Earlier this spring, venerable Fremont East institution Uncle Joe's Pizza was shuttered and believed to be on its way to a new location within the Gold Spike. A few months later and owner "Uncle Joe," aka Xhindi Hazbi, is back serving in his former locale, with a 12-year lease ahead of him, rival Radio City Pizza stationed across the street and possessing a brighter outlook on life.
Haazbi has applied for a beer and wine license to help compete with his increasingly far fancier neighbors, including the forthcoming Inspire Theater from Tony Hsieh, whose Downtown Project owns the building that also hosts Uncle Joe's. Inspire will feature a new balcony that will peer down onto Haazbi's fast food haunt.
In what must be one of the most informal and brief pitches ever received before the City Council, Hazbi explained, "we sell pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers & fries and for that reason we think beer will make Uncle Joe's Pizza a better place to feel like home." With the proviso that beer and wine are only sold and served with a meal inside the pizza joint, the council is expected to approve his request.
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