Incoming Chicago-style deep dish chain Giordano’s is now open for dinner in downtown Detroit. The restaurant is currently serving walk-in customers in the evening at its location at 1224 Randolph St. with the intention of expanding into both dinner and lunch service within the next two weeks, according to the Detroit News. A representative from Giordano’s also confirmed the limited soft opening to Eater.
In late-August, Giordano’s confirmed that it was taking over the former Bagger Dave’s space next to Buffalo Wild Wings near the Greektown area. The restaurant has been vacant since December 2015.
Giordano’s was founded in 1974 on the south side of Chicago and has since expanded to numerous locations throughout Illinois and the U.S. It will be the chain’s second restaurant in Michigan and first on the southeast side of the state. The restaurants are known for serving a “stuffed” pizza where the crust is layered with cheese and dough mixed with toppings and a covered with red sauce. Each stuffed deep dish pizza typically takes between 35 and 45 minutes to bake.
Giordano’s also serves other varieties of pizza such crispy extra thin crust and hand stretched thin crust as well as a pastas, sandwiches, and salads.
As recently as 2015 Giordano’s was looking into opportunities to expand into metro Detroit, describing it as “a market that has a ton of potential,” according to DBusiness. Of course, its not the only Chicago-style pizza game in town (let alone the neighborhood). Greektown restaurant PizzaPapalis serves up its own iteration of the cheesy, saucy pizza, just a few blocks away.
Giordano’s will open temporarily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday initially; hours will be extended in the coming weeks.
Update, 3:05 p.m., September 15: This story has been revised with additional information from Giordano’s.
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