Grimaldi’s, New York’s legendary coal-fired pizza joint in DUMBO under the Brooklyn Bridge, is heading to Los Angeles as part of an ambitious plan to import six locations to the metropolis. Grimaldi’s was founded by former Patsy’s chef-owner and Lombardi’s descendant Frank Grimaldi, who sold the business in 1998.
A 280-seat location of the restaurant (which has already expanded to Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Florida, South Carolina and New Jersey) is coming to the former home of Daily Grill on Rosecrans Avenue, opening in late spring. The chain says it will have a chemist on-board to make its water comparable to Brooklyn’s own. Grimaldi’s will also feature a banquet room, 20-seat bar, and outdoor patio in the space, which has been empty for two years.
Joey Ciolli, president and CEO of Grimaldi’s, tells The Daily Beast, “After overwhelming demand by fans in California, our team searched the state and found the perfect location in El Segundo. We see a lot of opportunity in serving the people of California, and we are really excited to bring our New York-style pizzeria to this region.”
Grimaldi’s, 2121 Rosecrans Ave. El Segundo.