A Braintree pizzeria will finally get a new sibling on the North Shore. Construction on Easy Pie’s forthcoming Revere location (649 Squire Rd.) is complete after over two years in the works, and the restaurant could open in the next few weeks, pending final inspections, according to owner Spiros Stogiannis. (See update below.)
“There is nothing like this shop anywhere around here, and I'm really proud of it,” Stogiannis said.
The restaurant space formerly housed a Dunkin’ Donuts, and Stogiannis said that as he started work on the place, he realized it required more work than initially anticipated.
“We tore everything out from the inside,” he said. “For the most part it was a complete rebuild. It was tougher than I thought. Once you start opening walls up, you find a mess underneath.”
Stogiannis expanded the kitchen and added a garage door to the front of the restaurant.
“We put that garage door in the front to give the dining room an open air feel. I think it has an industrial feel to it,” he said. “There was a lot of thought put into it.” Design accents on the walls include cedar planks, subway tile, and steel and aluminum. Now that construction is finally complete, Stogiannis is awaiting final building and fire inspections from the city of Revere.
Inside, Easy Pie will seat 51, with an additional 51 outside on the restaurant’s enclosed patio, which made use of the former Dunkin’ drive-thru space. A privacy fence made of cedar wraps the patio, which has a television and sound system for showing sporting events. Plus, Easy Pie will potentially feature live entertainment, if the city grants approval.
The forthcoming Revere location has a full liquor license, and Stogiannis said that he has a creative cocktail list planned for the restaurant. Stogiannis, who didn’t have a culinary background before opening the first Easy Pie in Braintree, brought the same self-taught approach to the bar menu.
“I put ingredients together that I thought would go well,” he said. There will be 10 to 12 signature cocktails, and for a different spin on beer and wine, he’ll have canned wines served in a bucket and 40-ounce beers in champagne buckets.
“The bar itself is so necessary for our menu,” Stogiannis said. “I really feel that it completely rounds off the entire experience at Easy Pie.”
As for the food menu, Stogiannis has worked to refine and revise the menu from Braintree, so those familiar with the original restaurant will notice some changes when Revere’s Easy Pie opens, including about 10 new pizzas.
One pizza draws inspiration from the North Shore’s love of roast beef sandwiches: The crust bears resemblance to the traditional onion roll, and the pie itself has barbecue sauce, close to a pound of roast beef, and American cheese. Stogiannis will also serve a Cubano pizza with roasted pork, ham, and pickles, and a tikka masala pie with cilantro and chilis.
There’s also the Whopper-inspired King’s Ransom, a new spin on the Braintree location’s Mac Daddy pie. Revere will have also have a few new burgers and sandwiches, including a chicken-and-waffle version, plus new appetizers, like the pepperoni pizza bun: rolled like a Cinnabon roll, flavored like a pizza.
“We have to refine what the brand is and who we are and present ourselves as to what we specialize in,” Stogiannis said. That includes retaining a full gluten-free menu and making everything by hand.
“I’m excited just to be in this environment,” Stogiannis said. “There are a lot of great restaurants around us, but there’s nothing really like us. And it’s taken me two and a half years to do it. From the menu to the design to the building, everything has gone through my hands.”
Easy Pie originally announced its North Shore expansion plans in the summer of 2015, as previously reported. When it finally opens, it will operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Stay tuned for more details on an exact opening date in the coming weeks.
Update, 8/22/17: Easy Pie will open on September 5 at 5 p.m.