Professor John Finn writes in to say that Pepe’s, New Haven’s biggest attraction (followed secondly by maybe Yale), is on the move. According to Slice, America’s Favorite Pizza Blog:
Pepe’s, a Slice favorite beloved by just about everyone, including Michael Stern of Roadfood, and me. Pepe’s, which I named one of pizzadom’s “keepers of the flame” in my book Pizza: A Slice of Heaven, had previously opened a branch in Fairfield, Connecticut, in 2005 and another in Mansfield, Connecticut, last month. I tried to go to the Fairfield branch but was repelled by the long line.
Yale Daily News fills us in on the rest:
Pepe’s plan is to continue opening new pizzerias throughout Connecticut in addition to the two satellite locations in Fairfield, a city of 60,000 to the west of Bridgeport, and Manchester, a suburb about eight miles east of Hartford. The source said he was approached by associates of the pizzeria and was asked to consider investing in the new restaurants.
If the Connecticut eateries are successful, the expansion would continue into the rest of New England and perhaps beyond to other parts of the country, according to the source. Likely to be targeted first are college towns, like Amherst, Mass. — home of Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst — and Kingston, R.I., where the 19,000-student University of Rhode Island is located, he said.