Please pardon my obsession with the comings and goings of restaurants in town and on the Avenew in particular. It's my compensation mechanism so I don't obsess about the amazing number of hair and nail salons we have. Or the lack of any real music venue downtown.
On tomorrow night's Planning Commish docket is an application for Rise Pizza to go into the space long occupied by Isobune. Isobune and its authentic plastic display food in the front window have been in that spot for as long as I can remember. That might go all the way back to 1983 or so when I first started going to the Sly Fox, the Bombay Bicycling Club, the Bit and Goa Poang!
Rise's story is a beehive wood-fired oven and this is apparently their first location. They will need something special to compete with Blue Line, Pizza My Heart, Delfina's and Il Fornaio in the "pie wars".