Homeslyce will open a new location in Charles Village in the former home of PJ’s Pub, likely its last location in the Baltimore area as the pizzeria plots a D.C. expansion.
The Baltimore pizza bar is on track to open in December at 3333 N. Charles St., where PJ’s had operated since 1984 until it closed in August.
Owner Haluk Kantar said the space is undergoing a full renovation that includes adding windows and outdoor seating. The restaurant is on track to open in December.
“It was a natural fit for us,” Kantar said. “Most of our locations they’re all over different parts of the city, and one part of the city that we hadn’t found any viable locations was in the north part. … When PJ’s came up on our radar it was perfect.”
Known for its boat-shaped pizza “slyces,” Homeslyce serves pizza, calzones, sandwiches and salads. The Charles Village restaurant’s menu and pricing (about $5-$20) will stay true to its first four locations in Federal Hill, Mount Vernon, Canton and Columbia.
Kantar expects the Charles Village location to be Homeslyce’s last in Baltimore. Next, he’s turning his sights to Washington, D.C., where Homeslyce will open its first outpost near George Washington University (2121 K St. NW) in October.
Kantar hopes to open six to eight locations in D.C. in the next three years.
“That’s our next plan,” he said. “Kind of what we did in Baltimore, we want to do in D.C.”
Kantar also owns Cazbar and Ryezendine in Mount Vernon.
Baltimore Sun reporter Wesley Case contributed to this article.
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