With a unique combination of an old-world feel and modern design created through reclaimed wood and industrial metal styling, Pizza Man in Drexel Town Square, 7974 S. Main St., is turning on their signature bottle chandeliers and opening for business Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.
Sarah Baker, operating partner with Pizza Man, said many communities have reached out but Oak Creek was chosen due to the location in the city center of Drexel Town Square and the proximity to the freeway.
"Oak Creek just made a lot of sense," she said. "The community has been amazing."
Pizza Man is a locally-owned group of restaurants that started in 1970 with a restaurant on the east side of Milwaukee. Currently, there are restaurants in Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, and now Oak Creek.
Adding to the unique materials are four garage doors made of windows. These doors will be opened on weather appropriate days to double the seating capability of Pizza Man from 150 to 300 people, Baker said. Additionally, Pizza Man offers a 90-inch television in their media room which can be closed off for meetings or parties.
On the opposite side of the restaurant is a hand-painted mural of the original Pizza Man location as well as a wall of wines.
Baker's husband, Zak, is the executive chef. He spent time in Italy with his true passion being pasta, Sarah Baker said. While the restaurant serves pizza as the name suggests, there are other options as well including various types of pasta, salads, and other offerings.
"It's a great challenge," Baker said regarding getting the word out they serve more than pizza.
Some of the most popular items from other stores include a wild boar ravioli, eggplant fries, and a leaf eater entree as a vegetarian and also potential gluten free entree option which includes curry roasted cauliflower, almonds, olives, tomato, and other ingredients.
"The leaf eater entree stands out as vegan," Baker said. "You don't even miss the meat."
Pizza Man offers the same menu for both lunch and dinner. Pizza is typically a Milwaukee-style cracker crust with deep dish offered on Monday only and a pan option. There are many toppings available for the pizza but most premade ones are kept simple to "make the toppings sing," Baker said.
The restaurant offers many deals depending on the day of the week including half price wine bottles on Monday along with the deep dish option, kids eat free up to 12 years old on Tuesday, and customers on Wednesday can buy one large pizza and get a second free.