Originally created 01/17/97

Wine and Dine - pizza by the slice available on Broad Street



A new restaurant offering pizza by the slice has opened on Broad Street.

The Pizza Joint has been serving 14- and 18-inch pies at 1032 Broad St. since December. The owners plan for more varied offerings in 1997. A note at the bottom of the food list reads, "Menu: Subject for expansion (Calzone, Stromboli, Sandwiches, & Salads)."

The Pizza Joint is the first restaurant for Michael Schepis, 25, and Roscoe Williams, 26. The two, who met at Augusta State University, decided to make their love of pizza into a business. They were attracted to downtown by the atmosphere and the architecture, Mr. Schepis said.

The long, thin restaurant's most distinct visual feature is a plaster wall that has been partially peeled away to reveal the brick wall behind. Mr. Schepis said he expects to use the opposite wall to exhibit works of local artists.

The two set up an aquarium next to the order area. Mr. Schepis said they both like the beach, and they wanted something to give the restaurant that sort of feel.

A table with magazines for diners adds to the casual atmosphere.

"We want to get an atmosphere where it's sort of like your house, people are just hanging out," Mr. Schepis said.

The 15 toppings offered - in addition to traditional favorites such as pepperoni, sausage, and mushroom - include distinctive items such as marinated artichokes, feta cheese, jalapeno peppers and honey.

The Pizza Joint is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and for dinner 6-10 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; 7 p.m. to close Thursday; 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday; and 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.

Takeout is available. The owners are considering downtown delivery. Call 774-0037.

SHONEY'S CLOSES: The Shoney's at 3156 Wrightsboro Road has closed.

Mike Graybill, listing broker for the property, said he expects the building will house another restaurant at some point. It's on a stretch of Wrightsboro Road between the Augusta Mall and Daniel Village that seems to support much dining.

"I think the location will lend itself to another theme very handsomely," Mr. Graybill said.