AJC.com | First Look: New York-style pizza and more at Junior’s open today in Summerhill
Junior’s Pizza opened today in the burgeoning Carter redevelopment in Summerhill, joining nearby Wood’s Chapel BBQ, Little Tart Bakeshop, and Halfway Crooks on Georgia Avenue in the historic Atlanta neighborhood.
Originally a pop-up turned delivery business from husband-and-wife owners Alex and Jennifer Aton, the counter service New York-style pizza concept is focused on thin-crust pies “using high-quality ingredients and unique recipes.”The concise, build-your-own menu features pizza by the slice, 14- and 16-inch red and white pies, and Sicilian pan pizzas, along with build-your-own calzones, and house and Greek salads. Look for beer, wine and soft drinks on the beverage menu.
The business end of the build-out is a sparkling new kitchen with four gas-fired Marsal deck ovens on display. Above the order counter, there’s a bright hand-painted menu. And around the dining room, several whimsical murals, including a rainbow unicorn eating pizza by local artist Ashley Anderson, give the space a laid-back vibe.
Last week, while Anderson was up on a ladder sketching out one last composition, and workmen were busy tending to the final touches, the Atons took turns talking about opening Junior’s.
“Alex worked for Fellini’s Pizza for about 10 years, and he was at Bell Street Burritos for about the last three years,” Jennifer Aton said. “But he’s always wanted to own a pizza place. And I’ve been in the industry for about 14 years, as a server and bartender all over Atlanta. We met four years ago, and on our first date, he was so confident that he was going to open a pizza place, I thought it was six months down the road.”
Written By: Bob Townsend - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Junior's is located at 77 Georgia Avenue.
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