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Mockingbird Station fills taproom void with Chicago deep-dish pizza

Mockingbird Station fills taproom void with Chicago deep-dish pizza

Corporate deep-dish pizza by way of Boulder, Colorado, is finally here: Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, the national casual-dining restaurant known for "hand-crafted" pizza and craft beer, opened its first Dallas location at Mockingbird Station on December 8.

Old Chicago picks up the baton from previous tenant Mockingbird Tap Room, which lasted only six months in the space that previously housed the fast-casual Vapiano. Should this space just be a pop-up?

Maybe this time will be the charm. Old Chicago has 14 specialty pizzas, including the Chicago 7 with pepperoni, Italian sausage, red onions, black olives, green peppers and mushrooms. Meat Me has four meat toppings, green olives and basil. There are two crust types: Chicago Thick, a buttery hand-tossed cornmeal crust served in the pan, and Tavern Thin, which has a light and crispy texture and is served square-cut.

Non-pizza items include appetizers such as the pepperoni roll, plus salads and burgers. The more than 30 craft beers on tap include Texas brews like Deep Ellum Brewing Company and Rahr & Sons.

Based in Broomfield, Colorado, CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries Inc. is the largest craft brewery restaurant operator in the country, with nearly 200 franchised and company-owned restaurants primarily operating under the Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants and Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries brands. CraftWorks also operates regional casual dining brands that include ChopHouse and Big River.

Founded in 1976, Old Chicago operates in 22 states with 96 restaurants.

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Deep dish at Mockingbird Station. Courtesy photo