Pizza is returning to Rochester's Northgate Plaza neighborhood.
A new carryout franchise called $5 Pizza is gearing up to open in the former Pizza Hut space at 1105 Seventh St. NW, says co-owner Doug Howe. Construction is underway, and he hopes to have the new eatery open by late August.
They expect to have a team of five to 10 employees on staff.
Darci Fenske of Paramark Real Estate brokered the deal to bring $5 Pizza into that spot.
Howe and his partner, Rod Bailey, believe the pizza chain, which has 13 Minnesota locations, is a good fit for Rochester and that neighborhood in particular.
"We tried it up in the Cities. We loved the product and we loved the concept. We bake it and you carry it out," he said. "With this economy, it's always not always easy to feed a family."
The $5 Pizza approach is to keep costs down by not offering restaurant seating or delivery. Customers pick up pizzas. All one-topping pizzas cost just $5.
It offers a full menu, which includes specialty pizzas such as Cheeseburger and Inferno Chicken. It also serves breadsticks and a variety of chicken wings.
That spot puts $5 Pizza in the heart of a busy northwest Rochester neighborhood.
"We liked the fact it's a block away from John Marshall High School. And there's a lot of housing right behind us," said Howe. "Geographically, it's a great location for us."