"We're growing rapidly, which is really exciting."
Downtown Italian restaurant Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink officially opened its second location on the north side at 7262 N. Oracle Rd.
The project had a bit of a setback — like many things during the pandemic — because the restaurant was aiming to open up sometime in 2020. However, it’s time to award your patience with a wood-fired pizza or perhaps pasta and salad.
Reilly North quietly opened its doors right next to Tap & Bottle North on Sunday, August 1, giving visitors the option to grab a drink while they wait for their pizza to go.
“We’ve had a really warm welcome from Tap & Bottle next door,” said Courtney Fenton, General Manager of Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink. “We’re doing a lot of takeout for them which is wonderful and things are just ramping up.”
The 1,600-square-foot space previously housed the sandwich chain Subway and features an open kitchen and bar. Right now, there’s plenty of room in the dining room but an additional 30 to 40-seat patio is in the process of being finalized, too.
“The menu is identical to the downtown location except for the beer and wine list,” said Fenton. “Then we’re also offering soft-serve ice cream at the North location, which we don’t have downtown.”
If you’re partial to the downtown location, and maybe it’s been a while since you’ve visited the area of Ina and Oracle — which is sprouting new restaurants left in right, like The Landing — there’s a familiar feeling when walking into Reilly North.
“We tried to pull some of the architectural elements from downtown and repurpose them,” said Fenton. “We have a backlit wall that’s the same as in Tough Luck Club and the black steel that we have downtown as well. So, there’s a lot of the same elements but it also has a very sort of fresh take.”
Reilly North’s hours of operation replicate the downtown location’s. They’re closed on Monday, 5 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday – Thursday, 5 – 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from 5 – 9 p.m. on Sunday.
Also, expect to see new lunch hours in the next couple of weeks at the North location only.
So, what’s next for Reilly? The restaurant has a third concept in the works — a more “separate and more fine dining restaurant in downtown opening in the fall.”