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PizzaBOGO Moving Into Lakewood Plaza

The regional gourmet pizza chain inks lease agreement with the owners of the property.

Just days after its doors in the , the company that owns the building announced that there’s going to be another new tenant.

PizzaBOGO, a gourmet pizza chain based out of Hudson, is set to take the 2,000-square-foot space most-recently occupied by the .

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 , but we’re a different kind of pizza shop,” he said.

A 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 and the former  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.”

Brandon Scullion August 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM
First time I tried this pizza I wasn't especially thrilled with it. Second time I tried this pizza, many years later, I fell in love with it. They have an Indian inspired pizza that was pretty flipping awesome. Can't wait to have one so close.
Evan Hammersmith August 23, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I'll split hairs: they boast natural ingredients. Great. But then on their toppings menu it says their Ham, Bacon, Italian Sausage, and Pepperoni do not contain pork. I'm sorry, but pork free bacon and ham is not possible. same for real pepperoni (mix of beef/pork) and italian sausage (usually 100% pork). Beef bacon? Chicken bacon? Turkey bacon? Phony.
Evan Hammersmith August 23, 2012 at 01:47 PM
that being said, I'll probably try their pizza anyway. ha.
JC August 23, 2012 at 01:59 PM
"People in Lakewood have a sophisticated palette.” -- excuse me, but where exactly does Quaker Steak and Lube fit into this equasion?? That is absolutely THE most obnoxious thing to have appeared in Lakewood in all my years living here! Plus it is totally stinking up the area! I am told they do not have scrubbers on their deep fryers there -- are they intentionally trying to make all of downtown lakewood smell like a greasy spoon? Because that's exactly what they are doing. If people in Lakewood had sophisticated palettes, they wouldn't be tolerating all these stupid chain & fast food restaurants invading the area. Before long, Lakewood will be indistinguishable from any other cookie-cutter community with no personality. But I guess that's what people with sophisticated palettes want.
maggie j robinson August 23, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Geez folks...try to enjoy the area. There's plenty to do for chain happy people and NOT chain happy people. Plenty.
Steve August 23, 2012 at 03:36 PM
At the very least, they will have plenty of parking at that location, not to mention the foot traffic as well.
Mark justmark August 23, 2012 at 04:10 PM
To begin with, there is nothing "natural" about cured meats. So, this a strawman argument. Second, "natural" is an infamously nebulous marketing term with few legal requirements. A brief summary can be read here: http://naturalingredient.org/naturalingredients.htm -- "The USDA has a legal definition for "natural", but it applies only to meat and poultry; "those products carrying the “natural” claim must not contain any artificial flavoring, color ingredients, chemical preservatives, or artificial or synthetic ingredients, and are only “minimally processed” defined by USDA as a process that does not fundamentally alter the raw product." Lastly, while I haven't bothered to find a citation, I am certain these meat products are turkey. This is a more-common-than-you-realize practice used to lower fat content and calories.
Evan Hammersmith August 23, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Mark, the meaning of "natural" is subjective, and I would consider cured meats to be natural. I won't fight with you if you disagree on that. My point is that bacon is made from pork bellies, and you cant duplicate that from other animal products. You could argue that ground turkey can be used to make a tasty sausage. I wont argue that. Traditional pepperoni is made partially from pork, and leaving it out invariably changes the flavor. Same with Turkey ham or beef pastrami. It has a different flavor. They should be honest and describe their meats as what they are. Turkey bacon, turkey ham, turkey sausage, etc.
ian king August 23, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Hi JC - unfortunately it is what people will PAY to support that will decide what remains as a viable business in Lakewood these days. the days of mom and pa unique one -of-a-kind places able to sustain a profit are dying fast. Lakewood is changing and it is providing what the customer/citizen wants - and if that is more chain type restaurants then that is the way it will be and will continue to be. no one opens a restaurant or shop to go broke, and if the clientele/locals don't support those charming mom and pa places, well, that is just the way it is right now in this down economy. Lakewoodites may have sophisticated palettes, but they aren't opening their pocketbooks to pay for it or to support it. Sooooo, if chains are the current mode of choice for new development in Lakewood, please call Pei Wei Asian Diner (owner is PF CHANG) @ 1-877-782-6356 headquarters and at least try to get a clean, relatively healthy choice in the Lakewood Plaza. PLEASE no more burgers, cheese melts, ribs, wings, or pizza = these are not good for the heart or the belly, but will surely guarantee more biz for Lakewood Hospital up the street!
ian king August 23, 2012 at 05:02 PM
To the Lakewood Plaza developers and to City Council - try to get a different mix here if you can. Lakewood downtown has more then enough burger joints, sandwich joints, taco joints, etc. Try to get a really good Asian/Vietnamese restaurant - like Bac in Trement or Pei Wei into Lakewood Plaza. Sakuro had seen better days and was really not that good when it closed.We desperately need a healthy, clean Asian alternative in downtown Lakewood. Not only would it encourage healtier eating choices, but takeout would be a huge hit in that area of town. OR think a bit outside the box and maybe a Stone Oven Bakery or a Liquid Planet. PLEASE no more burgers, ribs, wings or pizzas! Thanks developers!
Michael Filice August 23, 2012 at 06:13 PM
other than qs&l, please name all the stupid chain & fast food restaurants invading the area.
Michael Filice August 23, 2012 at 06:29 PM
or how about NOT a food place. something like a play-it-again sports or a jeweler (with affordable stuff) or store that would support uakron being there. there are more things to do than eat.
Michael Filice August 23, 2012 at 06:32 PM
btw, the g stands for give. superior!
Lkwd44107 August 23, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Cool! I can't wait for it to open. 12 different sauces!!!!!
ian king August 24, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Hi Michael - you asked about fast food joints invading the area - you aren't serious are you? Just drive on Detroit to downtown Lakewood and you will find within a 4 or 5 block area: Subway, Boston Market, Panera Bread, Burger King, Chipotle, Domino's, Taco Bell, Einstein's, 5 Guys, Menchies, McDonald's, Quaker Steak, Jimmy's, - these are all corporate chains serving fast food. (I am sure I forgot someone.) I mean this is the unhealthy majority of eating options in downtown Lakewood today. Let try to get at least one Asian/Japanese quality restaurant in downtown Lakewood - PLEAASE!
Brandon Scullion August 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Though they are not in the Downtown portion of Lakewood, Thai Kitchen (amazing) and Thai Hut (newly reopened) are two great options as well as India Garden (best Indian around), Khiems Vietnamese (also pretty awesome) and Baroccos.
Brandon Scullion August 24, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Detroit Ave. Blackbird Baking Around the Corner Deweys Georgetown $$$$ Borderline Cafe West End Tavern India Garden John's Diner Kenilworth Tavern Eddy & Iggy's Mid Town Booths Tavern Plank Road Tavern 56 West Merry Arts Pub & Grill Jammy Buggers The Root Cafe Deagans Melt - founded in Lakewood Pacers TJ's!!! Szechwan Garden Pepper's Italian
Kelly Flamos August 24, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Try Mahall's for dinner. Our kitchen is open. And it's AWESOME! Burgers, chicken, tacos, VEGAN options, soft pretzels from scratch! The best part - it's a family-run shop...since 1924.
Brandon Scullion August 24, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Kelly, what are the hours?
Kelly Rae Griffith August 24, 2012 at 09:43 PM
The tacos are amazing!

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