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Comet Pub & Lanes partner turning Avellino’s in Decatur into Detroit-style pizza restaurant

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Comet Pub & Lanes partner turning Avellino’s in Decatur into Detroit-style pizza restaurant

Avellino's NY Style Pizzeria will become a Detroit-style pizza restaurant in fall 2022. Photo courtesy of Steve Josovitz.

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Decatur, GA — Avellino’s NY Style Pizzeria and Bar will become a Detroit-style pizza restaurant called Corner Slice.

Ben Horgan purchased all of Avellino’s assets and signed a new lease with the landlords. He plans to open the restaurant in September at 902 West College Avenue. Horgan is the former general manager of Twain’s Brewpub & Billiards and is a partner at The Comet Pub & Lanes in Decatur.

“It’s Detroit-style pizza, so deep dish, fluffy, crispy crust, a lot of burnt, crusty cheese on the sides, wings and salads and sandwiches made with a fresh-made sandwich dough every day,” Horgan said. “It’s going to be a really laid back, family-oriented pizza place.”

Horgan had been looking to been looking to open a pizza place since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This place, when it came available, seemed like the perfect spot,” Horgan said. “We’re so used to Decatur. We live just north of Decatur. We were looking for a place on the east side and this seemed like the perfect location.”

He’s looking forward to getting back into the kitchen and making pizza.

“I started off making pizza at Everybody’s Pizza like 20 years ago, so I’m excited to get back to my roots a little bit and get back to slinging some pies,” Horgan said.

The Shumacher Group, Inc. and Steve Josovitz represented the seller but worked directly with Horgan and the landlord to get to a closing, according to a blog post from Josovitz.

Avellino’s went under contract within one day of listing. There were dozens of back up offers and interested parties in the property.

The owner of Avellino’s, Luigi Rienzo, closed the restaurant after 14 years to focus on the Avellino’s location in Brookhaven and other real estate investments.

The lease expires on Dec. 31, 2023, with options to renew.

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