Pizza Dads: Pizza Brain's Brewerytown spin-off is on the way

Forbes Waggensense pie, with pepperoni, at Pizza Brain.

Nearly three years in the works, the Brewerytown spin-off of pizza destination Pizza Brain is a few weeks away.

Pizza Dads, at 2843 W. Girard Ave., in the former Hat Shoppe at 29th and Girard, is expected to open in early April, said partner Michael Carter.

Unlike Pizza Brain, which opened in September 2012 on the Fishtown-Kensington border as a combination pizzeria and pizza museum (twinned with Little Baby's ice cream), Pizza Dads will be a straight-on pizza parlor with a '70s color palette, a '90s vibe, and updated takes on pizza. Several pies from Pizza Brain, including the Jane and the Forbes Waggensense, will be on Pizza Dads' menu, as will new pies inspired by international street food.

"We want to bring back the quintessential pizza parlor experience," said Carter, who is partnered with cofounders Joe Hunter and Ryan Anderson.  They intend the shop, which has 20 seats, as a community hub.

As at Pizza Brain, they will use gas-fired, brick-lined deck ovens. Carter said the crew is taking cues from the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which follows an obsessive sushi master in Tokyo. "That perfectionist mind-set encourages us," he said. Pizzamaking must be approachable, he said, while being a high art form.

The name came from an employee's tattoo. That's "dad" as in "boss."

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