It’s opening day for the first-ever expansion of Emma’s, a Kendall Square institution for thin-crust pizza. As previously reported, it’s opening in the former Mangia space in the South End (537A Columbus Ave.), which spans a cozy 350 square feet.
While the original location has full dine-in service, the new spot focuses on takeout and delivery, with some counter and patio seating available for those who want to stay. The menu includes pizza by the slice and full pies, as well as sandwiches and salads, according to owner Jeffrey Weingast.
"Waited a really long time, and we feel this is an amazing opportunity to jump over the river and get into a new market without being too far from our home store," he previously told Eater. Weingast, an alum of Todd English’s now-shuttered Figs in Wellesley, has owned Emma’s since 2004. The current Kendall Square location opened in 2000, but Emma’s has been around in various locations and with various owners since 1962. This is the first time there have ever been two locations at the same time.
Through August, the new Emma’s will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday. In September, it’ll be open seven days a week for those same hours.