Your Pie, the fast casual pizza chain, will open a second Billings location downtown in the old St. Vincent de Paul store.
St. Vincent de Paul moved earlier this year from its longtime downtown location at the corner of South 27th Street and Montana Avenue to a new building just a few blocks away on First Avenue South.
The building at 27th and Montana is in the Montana Avenue Historic District, something the owners of Your Pie are excited to embrace. They will have to extensively remodel the interior of the building to accommodate the restaurant, but the exterior will be preserved.
"We'll keep the history of the building intact," said Parker Swenson, one of the Billings Your Pie owners.
The goal is have the restaurant up and running by spring 2019.
Your Pie is a Georgia-based brick oven pizza chain. It first opened in west Billings in October, situated near the corner of King Avenue West and Shiloh Road in the building that used to house Montana Cycling. The local franchise is a joint venture, co-owned by Swenson and Robert Meyer. The team owns the exclusive franchise rights to Your Pie for the entire state.
The pizza chain is a fast casual restaurant like Chipotle or Cafe Rio; customers line up and order their meals at the counter rather than ordering at the table with a waiter. The pizzas, which can be customized, bake for 10 minutes in a brick oven, meaning they're ready about the time customers have filled their drinks and found a table.
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"It's been a really good fit for Billings," Swenson said.
He's excited about the downtown location; not many fast casual restaurants have set up shop in the area. He's hopeful Your Pie will draw in a chunk of the downtown lunch crowd and tap into its burgeoning dinner scene.
Fast casual pizza chains are on the rise. In June, Blaze Fast Fire'd Pizza announced it will open its first Montana location on 24th Street West next to Rimrock Mall early this fall. Blaze will open at 316 S. 24th St. West, the previous home of Paris Nails and Spa, which moved inside Rimrock Mall earlier this summer.