DECATUR — Have you been craving the pizza from Del Carmen’s East since it burned down two years ago?
Relief is coming next month when a new restaurant opens on Decatur’s north side.
Val Potts is the daughter of the owners of the popular pizza restaurant that was destroyed in an arson fire in September 2016. She will be opening Del Carmen’s Pizza at 2855 N. Water St., Decatur, in mid-November.
“It will have the same great pizza everyone is asking for,” Potts said.
The menu will also consist of salad choices, Italian beef, bread sticks and individual lunch portions. Pizza will come in 8-inch, 12-inch, 14-inch and 16-inch sizes. Potts is hoping to add a gluten-free crust option for 10-inch pizzas.
The restaurant will feature carry-out for the customers. Dine-in seating is limited to 20 customers. “It is a small location to start,” Potts said.
The restaurant owner will be hiring staff through online applications at delcarmenspizza.com or during open interviews from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Decatur Civic Center.
In February, Larry and Martha Stanley, the owners of the former Del Carmen’s East, had appealed to the Decatur City Council for rezoning the previous restaurant on 22nd Street.
The Stanleys had plans to rebuild, but Martha Stanley said recently they have postponed any rebuilding plans for at least two years.
Potts has received advice and assistance from her parents in opening her restaurant. “Quality ingredients to get best pizza results,” Potts said. “So, you can’t change anything on the pizzas.”
Potts has added a New York style brick oven to the kitchen. “I think it makes a crispier crust,” she said.
Del Carmen’s Pizza may expand to other locations, but for now Potts is hoping the northside restaurant will satisfy the appetites of pizza lovers.
“Others will hopefully try it who haven’t in the past,” she said.
Decatur-area business openings and closings
Linda's Music Center
D-Boe's In and Out Fish
Hungry Hippo Board Game Cafe
Bobbie Lanes BBQ
Sharks Fish and Chicken
Speakeasy Records and Oddities
Family Video, Mount Zion
Mustard Seed Coffee House
Ashley Homestore Outlet and Best Brands Outlet
Mueller Water Products
Dboe's Chicken AN Waffles Jasper
Everyone's Fair Fooderie
Fall Off the Bone Pershing Road
Good's Furniture and Mattres
Escape Decatur Escape Room
Jalisco Mexican Bar and Grill
Love's Travel Stops
River Coffee Company, Tried & True Tattoo and Speakeasy Records & Oddities
Crazy Ladies Cafe
Striglos Business Solutions Center
Main Place Real Estate
Del Carmen's Pizza
Thor's Alignment and Brakes
Giggles + Bakery
Kansas City Barbecue Pit
The Laurel and the Linden
Convey Health Solutions
Castro's Tex-Mex Grill
Kroger Fairview Plaza
GrassRoots Gro Center
Fence Post Cafe
Long John Silver's
The Lucy Loft and Co.
Door 4 Brewing Co.
Tuscany Steak and Pasta House
R Bar & Grille
Brass Horn Too
T.J. Maxx at Hickory Point Mall
Hickory Point Bank branch
Casey's General Store
Solsa American Burrito Co.
Decanter Fine Wine & Spirits
Contact Donnette Beckett at (217) 421-6983. Follow her on Twitter: @donnettebHR