New pizza place on the way
By Jimmy Gillispie
Signal Staff Writer
Baldwin City will soon have another choice when it comes to pizza, as Wheat State Pizza is opening a second restaurant in downtown.
Wheat State Pizza is currently in the Malls Shopping Center at 23rd and Louisiana Streets in Lawrence. The owner of the Lawrence restaurant, Ryan Murphy, plans to open the Baldwin store on Jan. 1. The restaurant will be located at 711 8th St., the old Subway building.
"Baldwin City is a place I have always liked," Murphy said. "I think the people here would appreciate our style of pizza more than some other cities now. It was our best option."
Scott Johnson will be the owner/operator of the Baldwin restaurant. Johnson said Murphy told him if he wanted to ever open another store, he would be able to.
Johnson said he and his wife first looked at Topeka, but decided on Baldwin because of the location and building size.
"This location is perfect," Johnson said. "It's a nice downtown area, and there aren't a whole lot of restaurants in Baldwin. This restaurant is perfect size."
Johnson said he also likes the Baldwin community, especially since they have started work on the store.
"Everyone has been so nice," Johnson said. "We have had people tell us we need to open a store in Baldwin."
They will serve whole pizzas, pizza by the slice, salad and soup. The pizza comes in either a wheat or white crust.
Along with those, they are going to serve Sylas and Maddy's ice cream. Sylas and Maddy's is located in downtown Lawrence and is served at the Lawrence Wheat State Pizza store.
"There is really good ice cream, and it's Sylas and Maddy's," Murphy said. "It's a little more expensive, but it's homemade."
Johnson said the plan for the restaurant is to close at 9 p.m., unless its get orders or people requesting it to be open later.
"If people show interest late, we will stay open later," Johnson said. "If the sales are there, we will stay open."
Wheat State Pizza is currently taking applications for the Baldwin store, especially for delivery drivers.
Murphy said advertising and price is not how they will attempt to gain attention at first.
"We try to win them over on product," he said.