Popular Madison pizzeria to open east side location

Ian’s Pizza by the Slice plans to open a location in Milwaukee.

Ian’s Pizza by the Slice, which has two locations in Madison and one in Chicago, plans to open a location in Milwaukee on Jan. 1, 2010.

The restaurant will occupy an 1,800-square-foot space at 2035 E. North Ave., near the corner of North and Prospect avenues. Brian Gingrass and Jon Thoresen of Commercial Property Associates represented Ian’s in brokering the lease. The other tenants in the building are a Subway restaurant and a Bruegger’s bagel shop.

“We have been getting requests from Milwaukee residents to come and set up an Ian’s there since our first store opened in 200l,” says Ryan Donovan, general manager. “We just needed to find the right neighborhood and have an experienced crew that was willing to move so we are ready to go when we open the doors.”

The restaurant will have seating for 40-50. It will be open for lunch at 11 a.m. and stay open until bar time.

“People know us as great bar food, but really, we are great food all the time,” said Lexy Frautschy, managing partner. “We work with a lot of local farmers and producers to get the freshest items we can, prep our toppings in-house daily, and buy most of our salad station ingredients from the farmer’s market in the summer. However, it just so happens that our mac n’ cheese tastes especially great at 2 a.m.”

The delivery zone for the restaurant will encompass the upper and lower east side of Milwaukee. The zone will include the UW-Milwaukee and MSOE campuses.

Ian’s Pizza has been featured on Bizarre World with Andrew Zimmern for the Travel Channel and in Sports Illustrated On-Campus Magazine.

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