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Coalfire Pizza To Open Lakeview Location by December

By Erica Demarest | October 21, 2014 5:29am
 Coalfire will sell Neapolitan-style pizza cooked in a coal oven at 3705-3707 N. Southport Ave.
Coalfire will sell Neapolitan-style pizza cooked in a coal oven at 3705-3707 N. Southport Ave.
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LAKEVIEW — Coalfire Pizza will open its Lakeview location by early December, co-owner Jimmy Madla said Monday.

Madla closed his longstanding Latin restaurant Coobah this summer to focus on a partnership with Coalfire Pizza, a Near West Side pizza joint that serves Neapolitan-style pizza cooked in an 800-degree coal oven.

The Lakeview location, at 3705-3707 N. Southport Ave., will be the second in the city.

"It's a simple menu right now," Madla said Monday night at a Southport Neighbors meeting. "It's three salads, eight pizzas and a couple cupcakes."

Madla said construction is underway and the restaurant should open within six to eight weeks. It'll start with dinner service and eventually expand to lunch. Hours should run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and the restaurant will be closed on Mondays.

Coalfire Pizza took over Hye Bar's liquor license, but Madla promised the pizza joint will be family-friendly and isn't going for a bar atmosphere.

"We're just looking to serve some beer and wine during dinner," he said.

The restaurateur plans to incorporate reclaimed wood from Coobah, 3423 N. Southport Ave., at Coalfire Pizza. There'll be a push toward "reducing our carbon footprint" with touches like recycled pizza boxes.

But those boxes will only be used for takeout and leftovers, Madla said. There are no plans for delivery in the works.

"It's a very thin pizza, and it does not travel well," he said. "If I could figure out a way to add [delivery], I would because that's another revenue stream we could tap into and make more people happy. But we're very careful about the quality of the product."

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