Detroit-style pizzeria will open in August at Drayton Mills Marketplace

Karen Rampey, owner of Hendersonville, N.C.-based Pi-Squared Pizza, announced Wednesday she will expand her concept to Spartanburg. Photo courtesy of Pi-Squared Pizza.

Drayton Mills Marketplace has landed a pizza joint.

Karen Rampey, owner of Hendersonville, N.C.-based Pi-Squared Pizza, announced Wednesday she has signed a lease on a 3,300-square-foot space behind a space that will soon house Melotte Enterprises, Mozza Roasters, and Bella Latte.

Rampey, who opened the flagship location of her Detroit-style pizzeria in February at 1972 Haywood Road in Hendersonville, said the Drayton eatery is scheduled to open in August.

It will be the company’s third store in addition to a second Spartanburg County location that is expected to open in July at 2634 Highway 9 behind the freestanding Subway restaurant in Boiling Springs.

“I’m so pumped,” Rampey said. “The partnership and support [from the developers] has been amazing. They have a vested interest in our success, as we do theirs. If one of us does well, that means we all do well.”

The Marketplace is the commercial portion of the renovation of the 115-year-old textile mill that shuttered in 1994, but was reopened for redevelopment by Greenville-based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises in 2013.

John Montgomery, principal of Spartanburg-based Montgomery Development Group, is the majority owner of the Marketplace with Tara Sherbert, managing partner of Charlotte, N.C.-based TMS Development.

TMS Development is the majority owner of Drayton Mills Lofts, a 289-unit luxury apartment community located in the mill’s former spinning and weaving buildings. Montgomery Development owns a minority portion of the lofts.

“Karen is great and I think Pi-Squared will do well,” Montgomery said. “It’s going to be a great complement to Rick Erwin’s restaurant. It will be fast-casual so customers who want something fast can get in and get out. I think it’s a great fit.”

Rampey said the restaurant at Drayton will have outdoor seating along a promenade deck that faces the 14-acre mill site’s pond. The eatery’s main entrance will also face the pond.

Photo courtesy of Pi-Squared Pizza.
Photo courtesy of Pi-Squared Pizza.

In a statement, the owner described her brand of pizza as square shaped with a thick crust, cooked in a steel pan.

She said the style was inspired by American servicemen who developed a taste for deep dish pizza while in Europe during World War II.

Pi-Squared’s menu allows diners to customize their own pies by first selecting the crust, which comes in the authentic Detroit style, as well as three round crust options: traditional hand-tossed, thin, and gluten-friendly.

They can then pick from a wide selection of fresh and cured meats, all-natural cheeses, and fresh vegetables, as well as fruits like mango, pineapple, and fig.

A few signature dishes are on the menu, such as the No Brainer, which is made with fresh homemade pizza sauce and mozzarella, and the Detroiter, a classic featuring spicy pepperoni and Italian seasoning. Other items include the Tomato Pi, BBQ Mango, and Fig-et About It, a pie topped with Gorgonzola cheese, mission figs, and drizzled with honey.

“We are very excited to have Pi-Squared Pizza joining Drayton Mills Marketplace,” Sherbert said in a statement. “Their community-minded approach will be a perfect fit for Drayton, and we can’t wait for everyone to try their amazing food.”

The Marketplace is located within 60,000 square feet of warehouses built between 1902 and the 1950s. It also includes the mill’s former 10,000-square-foot Romanesque revival-style company store.

In addition to Pi-Squared, four tenants have signed leases at the Marketplace.

Illinois-based industrial developer Agracel Inc. has already opened its office.

Greenville-based Rick Erwin Dining Group’s new 7,000-square-foot concept restaurant called The Standard: A Refined Kitchen is expected to open in early May in the mill’s old company store.

A space featuring the corporate offices of Spartanburg-based Melotte Enterprises, Bella Latte coffee shop, and Mozza Roasters, a coffee roasting business, is nearing completion.

Elissa and David Farmer, franchise owners for North Carolina-based Burn Boot Camp, are close to opening their new 5,000-square-foot studio at the Marketplace.

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