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Charlotte’s Black-Owned Pizzeria Bird Made the New York Times Best Pizzerias List as It Expands to Sit-Down Restaurant

By meerna Jul11,2024
Charlotte’s Black-Owned Pizzeria Bird Made the New York Times Best Pizzerias List as It Expands to Sit-Down Restaurant

Bird Pizzeria reportedly opened in December 2021 as a pop-up shop by owners Kerrel and Nkem Thompson. Kerrel wanted to create New York-style pizzas reminiscent of the ones he ate in Cleveland.

The pizzas are different from the typical slices customers might buy at other pizzerias. At Bird, the pies are split, have browned, caramelized crusts and come with seasonal toppings like dandelion pesto and local mushrooms, according to the Times.

Customers can also enjoy a variety of other menu offerings. Options include a hearty kale Caesar salad, classic plain and vegan pies, ensuring there’s something for everyone at this Charlotte staple.

In a 2022 interview with Q City Metro, Nkem revealed that she and her husband had their first date over pizza and that the idea for the business was born during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The co-owner also shared how they came up with the name — inspired by Kerrel’s passion for birds.

“He can name every bird in North America, so it’s always been a common thing here,” Nkem told Q City Metro.

Since opening, Thompsons Pizzeria has become a fixture in the Charlotte community. Despite its limited hours, the pizzeria remains a popular spot for local pizza lovers.

The couple plans to transform Bird into a sit-down restaurant in July and are excited about this next step in their business’ growth.

“INwe prayed for this space,Nkem said Charlotte Observer.Was as,Man, it would be awesome to be able to do that not have take our things and go to a new place.’ … Was Really excited about the opening our dining room was literally like an extension of our homeNow All right have more space so you can stay longer.”

By meerna

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