Joe Momma is coming downtown

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A deferred dream is finally being realized. Blake Ewing set out about three years ago with an idea to open a great pizza restaurant downtown. It made better sense to take some baby steps first, so he took over an existing Simple Simon's Pizza place at 61st and US 169 and turned it into Joe Momma's Pizza.

Last fall he announced he was ready to pursue a downtown Joe Momma's, and the new place is nearing completion. It will be in the Blue Dome District downtown on Elgin, between El Guapo's, which is on 1st St., and Dirty's Tavern, which is on 2nd. On the website, he says that the new place will serve brick-oven pizza and healthier choices, along with beer and wine. It will be open late "so the boozers can sober up before driving home." They'll have free wi-fi (the 61st St location already has it), "old-school arcade and pinball games," big screen TVs, and live music. The aim is to be open by D-Fest, in July.

Blake has found a niche that needs filling downtown. I'm looking forward to hanging out there.

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Mr. Bates,

Thanks for the blog press! How on earth did you find that old blog? You're like an internet magician... I may be wrong, but I don't even think that blog was ever really live. After we took down the site we were using leading up to the opening of the restaurant we just shelved the old posts on that blogger site.

Things are going well. We had a great weekend at our current store after a nice article in the local paper and a little press on KJRH the same night.

Plans for the new store are complete and I'm anticipating a fun week at the permit office. As you know, I'll need all the luck I can get.

Thanks again for your support. Please note that I added an 11th fact about the new store...Free WiFi.


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