Olive’s Fresh pizza bar opens in Edina | Edina
Olive’s Fresh, based in Excelsior, will soon open a new store in Edina.
The wood-fired pizzeria, installed in Excelsior since 2015, will open another restaurant in Edina at the beginning of next year. The owners plan to make the new location a bit more upscale – with a full-service bar – compared to its current location near Lake Minnetonka.
“We are refining our brand and I just can’t wait to bring what has been a successful business model from Excelsior to Edina,” John Marshall, co-owner of Olive’s Fresh, told Sun Current.
The restaurant, which received approval from Edina City Council last month for a liquor license, will be located at the former D. Brian’s Kitchen location, 5820 Lincoln Dr., in northwest Edina. .
Marshall and co-owner Duff Smith opened Olive’s Fresh at Excelsior in 2015 after the two longtime friends decided to start a new business together. Olive’s Fresh previously had other locations under different management at White Bear Lake and Marine in Sainte-Croix.
When the two started looking for places to open the first time around, they turned to Excelsior and Edina as Smith and Marshall are residents of the respective towns. They also continued to open a pizzeria together because it can accommodate a wide range of tastes, Marshall said. “We can do a lot of different variations… so it’s pretty easy to expand our product base while still keeping it all in the pizza,” he added.
Edina’s location will have the same menu items available as the location at Excelsior, but will be able to serve liquors of all kinds – instead of just wine and beer. The menu contains over a dozen specialty pizzas with a monthly featured pizza.
For the month of October, the featured pizza is The Octoberfest, which features several types of cheeses, a bratwurst, sauerkraut, a red onion, a crushed pretzel and a gala apple. When a featured monthly pizza is so popular, it has the potential to be added to the permanent menu, Marshall said.
Marshall said his favorite pizza is the Fongo, which has a garlic and olive oil base with different types of mushrooms, cheese and onions as well as bacon, truffle oil and parsley. The Fresno, a pizza made with garlic and olive oil, different cheeses, figs, red onions, prosciutto, pear and more, is a close second favorite, he said. declared.
The location of the new restaurant will add more dining options to an area that is sorely lacking, Marshall said. “It’s going to be a good fit in the community and in this place,” he said.
After settling in Edina’s spot, owners might also consider expanding to other areas of the metro, Marshall noted.
The new restaurant is slated to open in January 2022, something Marshall said he was happy to see himself as a longtime resident of Edina. “(I’m) very happy to have this in my hometown.”
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