PizzaBOGO Moving Into Lakewood Plaza
The regional gourmet pizza chain inks lease agreement with the owners of the property.
Robert Kopis, the co-owner of pizzaBOGO, said he’s not sure when the shop might open, but added that it’s “definitely happening.”
“There’s a lot of competition in the area, and great pizza shops like Angelo’s, but we’re a different kind of pizza shop,” he said.
A review on Cleveland Heights Patch noted that the pizza shop had 35 toppings, “which you can pile on individually. In addition to the expected ingredients there are many unique items such as sirloin steak tips, asparagus, Chow Mein noodles, and fresh mango.”
David Berkovitz, the director of project management for Levey and Company, which owns the plaza, said that the lease has been signed and construction will begin as soon as the plans are approved by the city.
He’s shooting to get started on the storefront’s exterior renovation within a month.
Berkovitz said that pizzaBOGO will fit in nicely with the plaza.
“Their product is a little bit different,” he said. “While they make a gourmet-style pizza, they will make your kids a standard cheese and pepperoni pizza. I think they’re going to fit in well. People in Lakewood have a sophisticated palette.”
The first pizzaBOGO opened in Hudson in 2004. There are now five of them, including a new one in North Olmsted, expected to open within the next couple weeks.
Other tenants in Lakewood Plaza?
Berkovitz said that Levey and Company is negotiating with a few businesses for the few remaining spots in the plaza: in the front space of the former Sakura Japanese restaurant, the former Dots and the former Blockbuster Video store.
The Radio Shack is staying put, and it will remain open during its exterior renovation, according to employees at the store.
“We’re getting pretty close to getting this leased up,” said Berkovitz, declining to share which companies are considering the plaza. “Tenants are interested, and I think that speaks to the quality of this project. We’re excited about this. We have a lot of interest on the leasing front.”