Theo's Neighborhood Pizza has expanded again, opening a third location (1212 S. Clearview Pkwy., Harahan, 504-733-3803; www.theospizza.com) near the entrance to Elmwood Shopping Center. The distinctive feature of a Theo's pizza is its crust, which is thin and goes beyond crisp to a quality approaching crackling. Theo's also has a gluten-free crust option.
Expansion was always part of the blueprint for Theo's, though co-owner Jammer Orintas says Hurricane Katrina derailed those plans for a while. He and fellow college friends Greg Dietz and Ted Neikirk opened their first Theo's (4218 Magazine St., 504-894-8554) less than a year before Katrina struck. They say the chance to reopen quickly that fall was an important part of establishing their brand.
The Magazine Street Theo's was among the first wave of restaurants to reopen after the hurricane, and the partners watched their new business skyrocket as returning residents beat a path to any eatery then operating. In 2009 they opened a larger second shop in Mid-City (4024 Canal St., 504-302-1133).
Orintas says the latest expansion was guided in part by messages from people living around Harahan and River Ridge suggesting that Theo's add a location in the busy Elmwood area. Like the other Theo's restaurants, this one is open for lunch and dinner daily.