A ‘weird’ pizzeria will open in Detroit where Ready Player One once was

DETROIT – A “weird” new pizzeria is set to open Monday in the Detroit space once occupied by the Ready Player One basement, the city’s first proper bar-arcade.

Pizza Cat, a Toledo, Ohio-based restaurant that is beginning to expand, will open a restaurant in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood on Monday, July 18. topping combinations – and they literally mean “endless”. The company claims there are “over 1,962,273 possible pizza combinations.”

Pizza Cat’s menu will include vegetarian, gluten-free, keto and vegan options. In addition to pizza, the restaurant will also serve steamed chicken and bagel sandwiches. You can check out their Detroit menu here.

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Restaurant co-owner Matt Wojtowicz is said to have been inspired by the Pizza Tiger, Thomas Monaghan, who founded Domino’s Pizza and owned the Detroit Tigers for a time in the 1980s and 1990s. The first Pizza Cat, which opened in Toledo in 2017, was named in a nod to Monaghan, according to the company’s website.

“In 2017, our founder said, why wait for someone else to adopt a wonderfully wacky and diverse pizza menu? Why not take the plunge and embrace it myself? That’s exactly what we have. done. Because weird is a plus,” reads the Pizza Cat website. “Your ‘weird’ is my local. My weirdo is your limited time offer. Our strange collective can now be enjoyed by all.

Starting Monday, the Detroit location, officially titled Pizza Cat Max, will operate as a full-service, sit-down restaurant and bar at 407 East Fort Street. The new restaurant replaces Ready Player One – a bar, restaurant and arcade that opened in the low-level space in 2017. The barcade closed due to the pandemic and reopened briefly, but then closed permanently earlier. This year.

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According to other reports, the owners of Pizza Cat claim that they will still have video games available at the Detroit spot as a tribute to Ready Player One.

The company will also open a new location in Jacksonville, Florida, although a specific date has not yet been announced.

Learn more about Pizza Cat on their website here.

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