Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Iron Bird Pizza Kitchen to open under Piglatin Cocina chef's guidance

Posted By on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 at 3:49 PM

click to enlarge Piglatin Cocina co-owner Andres Velez - ROBERT MITCHELL
  • Robert Mitchell
  • Piglatin Cocina co-owner Andres Velez
Iron Bird Brewing Co. has passed its kitchen off to Andres Velez and Aaron Ewton of Piglatin Cocina and Piglatin Food Truck notoriety, and they’ve rechristened it Iron Bird Pizza Kitchen.

“I have no idea [how it happened],” says Velez. “Aaron brought it up to me, and I said ‘Sure, let’s do it.’”

That was in December, and things have moved fast. Currently, Velez is waiting for his food vendor license to come through. He expects to open sometime in early- to mid-February, currently shooting for Friday the 8th.

Velez says the menu won’t change too much at first. He plans to simplify and change a few ingredients, but regulars will still be able to get most of their favorites. He will however bring back the spot’s meatball sub, instead packing it with lamb meatballs. He’ll also add between two and four new pizzas featuring flavors he’s honed at Piglatin.

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“We’re also going to have a pasta salad added to the menu,” he says. He and Ewton are also figuring out how to do takeout and delivery — Velez says they’ll likely pair with a delivery app.

Long-term, however, Velez says they will transition away from pizzas altogether, implementing a model that’s more in line with what he and his team do under the Piglatin name. That’ll include a name change and renovation, following a long and gradual transition over “many months.”

“I can’t give you a timeline because we don’t know that timeline,” says Velez. But whatever he does, it won’t change the brewing operations going on next door — they’re a separate business. For now, he and his team are figuring out a grand opening celebration, tentatively scheduled for Feb. 8, with details to be announced.

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