A new Phoenix Avenue retail outlet is under development next to Sodies Wine and Spirit to house a Gusano’s Chicago Style Pizzeria, Baskin-Robbins ice cream parlor and a craft wine and beer bar called Uncork’d.
Ground work began recently in the 5000 block of Phoenix Avenue for the three-store outlet under the ownership of Scott Clark of Sodie’s Wine and Spirits.
“It’s good timing and fate that pulled this together so quickly,” Clark said by phone Friday. “We aim to have it white-box ready by December.”
The goal is to have all three spaces finished out in February. Gusano’s and Baskin-Robbins will be prepared and managed by separate tenants.
Uncork’d, Clark’s venture, will offer both wine and beers from around the world along with tapas, or appetizers. All spaces will have patios, Clark noted.
Gusano’s has become a popular regional chain since being founded at Little Rock in 2004.
“Fort Smith doesn’t have a Chicago deep dish pizza place yet, so it should be a good fit,” Clark added. “It’s more than a pizza place though. They have sandwiches and a full bar and a patio. It has a good vibe.”
According to their website, Gusano’s Chicago-Style Pizzeria was founded 2004 at Little Rock by Ben Biesenthal, a Chicago native who attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. After graduating, Biesenthal created the recipes and developed Gusano’s. Within a few years he and his partners were able to expand. Gusano’s currently has seven locations in four states. The restaurants also are considered “sports bars,” the website adds.
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