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The Scoop: Former Lumière Place GM looks to open Soulard eatery

Friday, June 10th, 2011

061011_PizzaTodd George, former senior vice president for Pinnacle Entertainment and GM at Lumière Place and River City Casino, has hopes of soon opening a restaurant in Soulard. George and his business partner, Mario Maesano, former vice president of marketing for Pinnacle, signed a lease last week at 1709½ Ninth St., next door to International Tap House (iTap). The ink was for plans to open a pizza and sub shop tentatively named Epic Pizza and Subs.

The menu, like the space that Epic Pizza and Subs will occupy, will be on the smaller side, according to George. In addition to pizza, signature items will include a Philly cheese steak, burgers and hot ham sandwiches. The restaurant will also be taking advantage of its proximity to Soulard Farmers’ Market to offer as many locally grown and seasonal ingredients as possible.

George and Maesano are also excited about Epic Pizza and Subs’ other potential new neighbor: iTap. George has been in discussions about his new venture with iTap co-owner Sean Conroy, whose bar does not offer food on-site but does allows guests to bring in eats from outside vevnues. “It’s potentially beneficial for both of us,” said George. “ITap has become a place for people to hang out, have amazing beer and sample food from the local neighborhood – whether from Bogarts, Joanie’s [Pizzeria], Llewlyn’s … They encourage people [to bring in food] and it keeps people in the community.” The space that Epic Pizza and Subs will occupy has an interior door connecting the restaurant to the popular beer bar, and George expects that door to remain open during business hours.

Next week, George will be presenting his plan to the Soulard Business Association. He hopes to open Epic Pizza and Subs within 60 to 90 days, pending receipt of a business license and completion of a minimal build-out. Epic’s website, epicpizzaandsubs.com, should be up and running soon.

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