Crowd-favorite Lower East Side pizzeria Scarr’s Pizza will likely be expanding for the first time this year, Eater has learned.
A tipster first spotted evidence of a possible second location on the website for Le Whit, an architecture firm that listed Scarr’s as a recent client. According to the information on Le Whit’s website, Scarr’s second shop will be opening sometime in the spring, occupying a 250-square-foot space designed to evoke the same comfortable diner feel that’s emulated in the Lower East Side restaurant. Both Le Whit and Aries Builders, the construction firm named as the contractor on the project, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Staff at Scarr’s Pizza’s original location, at 22 Orchard Street, confirmed to Eater via phone that a second location was underway, although no further details were shared. An official restaurant spokesperson declined to comment when contacted via email.
Owner Scarr Pimentel opened up the first Scarr’s Pizza location on the Lower East Side in 2016, and his team quickly built a rabid fan base that appreciated the exacting details that go into making each pie, including dough made from wheat that’s milled on site at the restaurant. Both Eater and the Times have crowned it one of the best slices of pizza in the city, due in part to the amount of time and effort that goes into sourcing each ingredient, combined with the team’s aversion to cutting corners in the pie development process.
Update, 3:41 p.m.: The architecture firm confirmed that the second location will be in an upcoming food hall from the people behind Dekalb Market. According to The Real Deal, the new hall will be located at 601 Lexington Avenue, between E. 53rd Street and E. 54th Street.
Eater will update this story as more information is available.