Coronavirus may have Dallas restaurants down and out but openings are still going on, including a new location for local pizza chain Zalat Pizza, which will expand its realm to Addison.
The restaurant is going into a space at 4980 Belt Line Rd., #180 that has a history with pizza: For the past eight years, it was a pizza and pasta place called Bacci's, and prior to that was the well-liked Maestro's. It'll open on July 16.
A release says that this location will function as a "cloud kitchen," meaning it'll only do delivery via third party delivery apps or takeout through Zalat's website.
Owner Khanh Nguyen says that cloud kitchens are the way to go right now.
"We opened our first cloud kitchen at the start of the pandemic and have seen firsthand how relevant this model is in today's world," he says in a statement. "Removing the dine-in element of the restaurant experience allows us to focus 100 percent of our energy on producing high quality pizzas quickly and efficiently."
By quickly and efficiently, he says that, at peak-times, a pizza can leave the restaurant every 20 seconds.
Pizzas are cooked in deck ovens which a release says creates the perfect balance between crispy and chewy.
Their unique pizza combinations include flavors inspired by pho and elote, and one with chicken and teriyaki sauce. They also do a sauce called "Sirancha," combining Sriracha and ranch.
Zalat opened its first location in 2015 on Fitzhugh Avenue and is known for its late-night hours. There are seven locations in the DFW area; Addison will be the 8th.
For now, it'll be open "Addison late": until midnight on weekdays, but will eventually be open until 2 am.