Eno's Pizza Tavern, Bishop Arts' favorite pizzeria, is expanding with a to-go operation that will serve Eno's menu, plus a little of this and that. Called Eno's Side Dough, it'll operate out of the former Laughing Willow women's boutique at 405 N. Bishop St., and it will sell pizza, but even better, craft beer and wine.
"It's basically an extension of the things we're already doing," says Eno's co-owner Shane Spillers. "The big thing is that we're going to do off-premise consumption of beer and wine. So, you would be able to come in and get a six-pack or a bottle of your favorite wine along with a pizza."
That also includes delivery. Which means that neighbors could get beer or wine delivered — along with their pizza, of course. Don't be a lush.
"This is just beer and wine, not distilled spirits," Spillers says. "So, effectively, it's our menu for pickup and delivery, along with a nice selection of wine by the bottle and craft beer, which is something we've always specialized in."
Eno's was an early gentrifying influence on the neighborhood when Matt Spillers opened it in 2008 with thin-crust pizzas and a craft beer focus that was ahead of its time. In February, Eno's revealed that it would open a second branch in Forney; opening is scheduled for July.
In addition to the Eno's menu, Side Dough will be offering a few new things that are exclusive to the shop.
"One of the fun new things I'm excited about that we'll be offering is specialty sodas," Spillers says. "We'll also have some grab-and-go things, including a couple sandwiches and salads that are not on our Eno's menu, if you want to grab something quick."
They're also working on a collaboration with a mysterious other restaurateur in the district to offer a specialty dessert that fits in with the Eno's mindset. "I can't say what it is yet, because we're not finished," Spillers says, most vexingly. With Dude Sweet Chocolate and CocoAndre in the neighborhood, it has to be chocolate, right. Or maybe something pie-related with Emporium Pies nearby. Oh but then there's also Joy Macarons.
Laughing Willow relocated a block away to 301 N. Bishop St. The old space didn't require too much renovation, Spillers says, other than installing some fixtures. The forecast opening is May.
Down the road, they may expand Side Dough to include "some market things," but are taking it slowly.
"We could sell packaged items, but we have some limitations on space, so we want to be careful about what we do add, and make sure we have our bases covered," he says.