Andolini’s two spaces in the Mother Road Market will include a new restaurant concept called Metropolis, it was announced Thursday.
Metropolis will serve Italian and American sandwiches and frankfurters, drawing inspiration from the classic foods of some of America’s most popular cities.
“We searched for the right ingredients, methods and history behind iconic foods like the Chicago Beef or New York Sabrett hot dogs and the ‘Pittsburgh Sandwich,’” Mike Bausch, owner of Andolini’s Pizzeria, said in a statement.
“We’re going to be making those kinds of foods exactly the way they’re made in their city of origin. People who know us for making gelato just like they do in Italy or for making a pizza 100 percent worth eating — those people aren’t going to be disappointed when we take on sandwiches and frankfurters.”
Andolini’s on the Mother Road, which will serve primarily pizza, will be its other offering in the Mother Road Market, a 27,000-square-foot food hall under construction at 11th Street and Lewis Avenue. Developed by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, the $5.5 million market is expected to open in late summer.
“We think people who are traveling down Route 66 and stop at the Mother Road Market to eat will find an amazing selection, and we want their experience at Mother Road Market to build a good impression of our city,” Bausch said. “We’re looking forward to being a part of that.”
Established in 2005 by brothers Mike and Jim Bausch, Andolini’s operates two locations in Tulsa and restaurants in Owasso, Broken Arrow and Jenks.
“Andolini’s has become one the most popular restaurants in the Tulsa metro over the past thirteen years,” Elizabeth Frame Ellison, CEO of the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation, said in a statement. “In its heyday, Route 66 was a place to experience the flavor of different communities while traveling along the mother road, and Metropolis will encapsulate this experience by giving customers well known street food items from around the country.
“We are thrilled that the Bausch family has chosen Mother Road Market as the ideal location to launch this brand new concept. Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation strives to support innovation and experimentation, so it is great to see Andolini’s not only serving their tried and true favorites but also giving the community something completely new and different within Mother Road Market.”