The former Pie’s the Limit on MacArthur Boulevard is now Papi’s Pizza Pub, offering Latin-inspired pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches, plus American classics. A soft opening is planned for Friday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m.

Owner Ryan Bandy purchased the property at 1710 S. MacArthur Boulevard in August, following the closure of Pie’s the Limit. Chris Hanken and Vic Lanzotti closed that restaurant at the end of July, along with Public House 29 in Rochester.

Papi’s will have a dining area plus seating in a newly-built bar, although there will also be counter service for to-go orders. “I want to get away from the fast-causal feel,” Bandy told SBJ when he first announced his plans.

Bandy also owns and operates Win, Lose, or Draught, 7004 Kingsmill Court. “This will be similar to WLD, an inviting atmosphere where anyone who comes in feels welcome – a good place to meet friends,” he said.

While Papi’s will offer traditional pizzas you’d find at a pizza parlor, “a lot of our pizzas are Latin-inspired,” Bandy said. “Our signature pizza doesn’t even use pizza sauce – it’s street-corn based, with chicken, cheese, onion and sriracha bourbon drizzle on the top.”

Bandy said he’s also teamed up with friends who own Twisted Ranch Restaurant & Bar in St. Louis to offer some of the signature ranch flavors on the salads, sandwiches and pizzas at Papi’s.

“Our Dillicioso pizza features their King of the Dill ranch, and we’ll have their Ruffalo ranch on our sandwiches and pizza,” he said.

As for Papi’s own signature sauce, “it has more of a kick to it,” but Bandy said a mild sauce is also available for those who prefer less spice.

Hours of operation will be Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m. and Sunday to Wednesday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

”We’ll have a soft opening through the month of December and then we’ll be adding more items to the menu and online order starting in January,” Bandy said. “This is my first venture into the restaurant business, and I’d rather start out a little simple than try to do too much at the beginning.”

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