Beacon Hill’s Breezy Town Pizza, providing food since last week for brand new bar and music venue Clock-Out Lounge at 4864 Beacon Ave. S, sounds like a cheesy rip-off of decadent deep-dish maker Dave Lichterman’s Windy City Pie — thankfully, it’s an official cheesy rip-off, an expansion with similarities to its sibling but also plans to take things in new directions. Notably, this is another example of the pizzeria-in-a-bar model: As Breezy Town operates out of Clock-Out’s kitchen, so does Windy City co-habitate with Batch 206 Distillery’s Batch Bar in Interbay.
Clock-Out Lounge, owned by Jodi Ecklund, former Chop Suey talent buyer, and Denise Burnside, ex-Showbox general manager, is Beacon Hill’s first live-music venue, as The Stranger reported late last year. Ecklund and Burnside say they plan to foster the local music scene and the community of Beacon Hill and surrounding neighborhoods in a safe, accessible space. They kicked things off last week with a performance by experimental drag performer Christeene, an indication that “the place is going to be a nasty good time,” according to Chase Burns. And now it’s clear Clock-Out is going to have nasty good pizza, too.
Although Breezy Town’s initial offerings — made with a new sourdough recipe topped with a blend of mozzarella and Wisconsin brick cheese that gets crisped nearly black on the edge — are inspired by the deep-dish pan pizza traditions from Chicago and Detroit, the website says its menu won’t adhere strictly to those styles going forward: “Breezy Town is meant to poke fun, to remind us you can be authentic to your roots while taking a cuisine in a direction it hasn’t yet gone.”
Breezy Town also offers slightly fewer toppings and significantly fewer custom pizza combinations at the moment, five to Windy City’s 11, with options ranging from the Spicy Meatball, with sweet hot peppers and hot giardiniera alongside the meatballs, to the Toddler, which features just red sauce and basil. Because few diners seek out this company’s outrageously good and hearty pies just to fill up on sides, the rest of the menu is as brief as expected, mostly centered around Caesar, spinach, and beet salads.
Breezy Town Pizza serves food inside Clock-Out Lounge and via Caviar delivery Monday to Thursday 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to midnight.
Update: March 20, 2018, 2:50 p.m.
This article was updated to include the hours from Breezy Town Pizza’s website, rather than the hours listed on the company’s Facebook page, which were not correct.
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