DaVinci’s hopes to open Decatur location soonDaVInci's Pizzeria restaurant opened Saturday in downtown Decatur. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
DaVinci’s Pizzeria planned to open its Decatur location in December, but that didn’t work out like the company had hoped.
Now the company is hoping to be open within the next two weeks, according to General Manager Miles Rougier.
“We’re shooting for late next week, or as early as we can,” he said. “My general feeling is it’s probably going to be two weeks.”
DaVinci’s, which has three other locations including one in Midtown across from the Arts Center MARTA station, will take over space on Ponce de Leon Place that was previously a Mellow Mushroom. The Mellow Mushroom shut down in May after the owners had a dispute with the company’s corporate office.
The menu for the Decatur restaurant will closely mirror the Midtown location, including pizza, wings, salads and sandwiches. According to the company’s website, DaVinci’s has been in business since 2006.
Rougier said delays in getting approval for “Fats, Oils and Gases” held up the opening of the Decatur store.
“Fats Oils and Gases is a part of DeKalb county. They answer to the EPA and every time we went there, They’d say, ‘We need this as well,'” Rougier said. “We ended up having to submit five different plans to them and without that approval, we could not get the building permit to do the build out on the front to the restaurant, and each time we submitted it, it took about 10 business days for them to reject us.”
That issue has been settled, he said. There are a few steps left before the restaurant can officially open.
“We’re waiting on some county things right now,” Rougier said.