Pieology opens doors on Main Street for pizza lovers

Pieology opens doors on Main Street for pizza lovers

After 14 weeks of construction, downtown Franklin has not one, but two places to get a slice of pizza.

After 14 weeks of construction, downtown Franklin has not one, but two places to get a slice of pizza.

Pieology officially opened its doors Monday morning and capped off the occasion with a ribbon cutting with Williamson, Inc.

Once in line, foodies can choose from three different types of dough and six sauces. Throw on top the meat and cheese, and the pizza will cook in an open-flame, wood stove oven. Within three to four minutes, a server will bring the 11-inch pie out to the guest’s table. Diners can have four toppings or 40, all for the same $8.95.

Beer and wine will also be available on site. There will also be a meeting room on the mezzanine level.

The group Segovia Aslan Enterprises owns the rights to the franchise, which can be found all over the U.S., and thought of Franklin as one of the best places to put a new location.

“We moved to Franklin two years ago from California,” Vice President of Development Joshua McBride said. “We’ve kind of all relocated here. We are really excited to be in Franklin. I love walking through downtown with my wife and my daughters and it will contribute to the options with those downtown.”

Walking into the new Pieology, customers will see an inspirational quote wall in industrial chic setting. The original hardwood floors of the facility will remain intact.

Pieology worked with both the Heritage Foundation and the city’s Historic Zoning Commission to return the space to its late 1890s roots. McBride said he wasn’t sure exactly how old the building was, but found receipts in the attic dating back to 1891. The original storefront windows are also in place, a prime place for people watching, McBride said.

“The original transom windows at the top are original,” he said, pointing toward the front door. “We worked with the commission to restore those. The original door we had to reverse because it was opening in, not opening out. The original brick walls were covered in plaster and so we pulled those back exposed the original brick. We cleaned it, and we sealed it. We wanted to take it back to the original floor and the original brick.”

McBride also said he wasn’t worried about his competition in Mellow Mushroom down the street on the corner of Public Square. He said he anticipated and had already received great response on the “build your own” pizza concept.

“You’re going to eat here for probably half of the price you would at Mellow Mushroom,” he said. “You’re going to have quick service here.”

Emily West covers Franklin and Williamson County government and schools for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.

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