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The citizens of Forney, Texas, can commence their pizza celebration post-haste. Dallas pizzeria Eno's Pizza Tavern is finally opening its second location in Forney's historic downtown.
The first Eno’s Pizza Tavern opened in the Bishop Arts District in 2008 with a focus on pizza and craft beer, back when craft beer was still a twinkle in Dallas' eye. The restaurant's name is derived from the Italian word “enoteca”, referring to a local or regional wine shop, and not the masterful British rock musician Brian Eno, who knew.
They do thin-crust pizzas in combinations such as the Pig Smiley (Benton’s ham, Eno’s Sausage, honey, pepperoni) and Pineapple Fresca (arugula, Benton’s ham, jalapeno, pineapple), as well as pastas, sandwiches, appetizers, and desserts.
In Forney, there will be special offerings to showcase local purveyors including a rotating selection of artisanal meats from 4-T’s Bar-B-Q on The Perfect Picnic charcuterie board and Sunnyvale honey on the Pig Smiley pizza.
The menu will also feature the Firehouse Deli sandwich, a nod to the location's former life as Forney Fire Station No. 1. Eno's Tavern Burger made with Texas beef, Calabrian aioli, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and onion will be reintroduced on the Forney menu.
The 3,600 square-foot restaurant is located at 215 S. Bois D’Arc St., and will be designed by Donna and Allan Spillers who've been in the restaurant design industry since 1975 and have designed more than 1,000 restaurants nationwide including the original Eno's.
Unique interior features include the use of reclaimed shiplap and other recycled materials, locally made furniture, and black and white hexagonal tile. The restaurant will include an outdoor patio, large event room, and seating capacity of 180.
Preview dinners will take place in late December that will benefit local Forney nonprofit organizations. Advanced reservations for the preview dinners are required, and 100 percent of ticket sales will benefit the nonprofits. Reservations can be made at enospizza.com.
"Forney is a tight-knit community, and we have enjoyed immersing ourselves in the city to get to know our new neighbors as we have constructed the new restaurant over the last several months," co-owner Shane Spillers says in a release. "We can’t wait to open and welcome neighbors and community members to Eno's Forney for delicious pizza."
Store manager Frank Esser was previously bar manager at Eno's in Dallas, and just celebrated his fifth anniversary with the company.
In its soft opening phase, Eno's will be open Tuesdays-Sundays for dinner service. In February, hours will expand to include lunch service beginning at 11:30 am. At that time, Eno's will also offer delivery service through online ordering.