The owners of Transfer Pizzeria Café have purchased the building next door to the popular Mitchell Street restaurant and are planning to expand sometime next year.
Since opening in March 2008, Transfer, 101 W. Mitchell St., has experienced significant growth with 15 percent revenue increases annually and up to two-hour wait times on Saturday nights, said Russell Rossetto, one of the restaurant’s owners.
Rossetto and his twin brother, John, purchased 107 W. Mitchell St., in July 2014 to explore the possibility of expanding the restaurant’s kitchen and event space. The new building would add 2,179-square feet to the restaurant.
The brothers are also thinking about expanding the restaurant’s delivery service – pizza is currently delivered by bike messenger. If delivery service is expanded, Rossetto is worried dining room wait times will increase if the restaurant is not larger.
“Business has been great,” Rossetto said. “We’ve been on an upswing since we opened. Right now we’re just exploring the possibilities.”
Transfer’s current space is 3,215-square-feet. The brothers also own 105 W. Mitchell St., which is a rooming house for about 20 people. Rossetto said in the early days of Transfer, the rooming house is what kept the pizzeria afloat.