Brown's downtown Pizzology could open early next year

August 26, 2013
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aesops tables 225pxIt’s official: Neal Brown’s gourmet Pizzology Pizzeria & Pub is set to take the space formerly occupied by Aesop’s Tables on Massachusetts Avenue.

Brown signed off on the paperwork Monday morning, as expected, to acquire the lease and the assets of Aesop’s Tables, a Mediterranean restaurant that closed Saturday after a 20-year run starting at City Market.

If all goes well, Brown hopes to open in January. Besides taking the space at 600 Massachusetts Ave., formerly occupied by Aesop’s, he’ll also take the space next door, giving him a total of 3,600 square feet.

That’s about 700 square feet more than Brown has at his Carmel restaurant, which he launched in 2009.

“I’m super excited about it; I love Mass Ave,” Brown said. “We’re a neighborhood-type restaurant, so we will try to immerse ourselves in the neighborhood. We’re as much a pub as we are a pizzeria, and we’re family-friendly.”

Brown said he had been negotiating with the building’s owners for more than two months to take over Aesop’s lease.

Aesop’s owners, Kathy Sarris and Bonnie Rose, said on the restaurant’s Facebook page that “we have decided to take some time to ourselves to decide what the coming months and years will bring.”

  • Welcome
    Pizzology is a great pizzeria and they typically have a unique selection of beer on tap (of note last year they had the rare Sun King Winterfest brew). I wonder if they'll have a quick lunch menu?
  • Yes, but...
    It's a free market and I know their pizza is great. And it is a good addition to the Downtown market. Still -- even more upper end pizza? Bazbeaux, Napolese, California... not to mention the regular Doms and similar. Exchanging Mediterranean for pizza is something of a net loss in food diversity for the area. Perhaps if something were to open up in addition to this... Just cranky because Aesop's had the best gyros.
  • Yawn
    Oh goodie- another pizza parlor.
  • OK, Sorry...
    OK, I realize I'm going to catch a lot of flak for this, but... We really liked Aesops, we liked the food, we liked the people, and we liked the fact that we seldom ran into children there. It was always a great place to get a good meal (or, as was previously mentioned, great gyros) before heading off to the various neighborhood theatres. And, the phrase "family-friendly" has bad connotations with me as I see over-indulged, screaming brats with parents who want to be best friends, rather than parents. OK, I know, I may be in the minority here, but I'm sorry to see Aesop's go...
  • Welcome Change
    I'm sorry, Aesop's may have been pretty good years ago, but it had become tired and a shadow of its former self... it is time for this to happen. Mass Ave is one of, if not the, MOST dynamic and energetic areas of our entire city. This is a welcome addition!
  • Excited for Pizzology.
    I'm thrilled that Pizzology is opening a Mass Ave location. Aside from the terrific pizza, I love the mussels, the salads, and the pasta, and I'm thrilled I won't have to drive all the way up to Carmel any longer to get it.
    • Way more than pizza
      Pizzology's menu goes well beyond pizza. They do an excellent job with their mussels, salads, past and gnocchi. I can't wait for it to open.
    • great addition
      While it's safe to say there are a lot of pizza places in's even SAFER to suggest the dearth of GOOD pizza in this town. That's why Pizzology is a great addition to Mass Ave.---which will continue to evolve and improve with higher residential density! It's great that Bazbeaux has been committed to serving the west end of Mass Ave. over the years. But even better is the fact that Bazbeaux and Pizzology are both great businesses---in their own unique way. There are many different styles of pizza and the idea that Mass Ave. can't support 2-3 pizza joints is simply laughable! Let's all think more about the transformation of Mass Ave. while downtown embarks on a residential renaissance over the next 10 years and how that will allow for even more small local businesses in thr future. Change is great, yet hard for some to accept. Choice is great, yet OBVIOUSLY hard for some to accept.
      • Choice, indeed.
        Micah (and others) makes some very good points. Pizzology makes a great pizza (and salads, etc.). In NO way do I want to sound unwelcoming. Here is a shop that is very careful about its product. But Michah's thought that, "Choice is great, yet OBVIOUSLY hard for some to accept" is way off-base. This actually reduces the choice we will have for the immediate future. That was the point of my post. Yes, we will now be able to choose between Fine Pizzas (and salads, etc.), but it reduces the overall choice of a wider variety of food (something other than a pizza specialty). Fortunately Michah hit it on the nail earlier by wishing for even more restaurants to open that would, presumably, provide that greater choice. Until then, though...
      • Number of shops
        Not to drag this out, but Yelp shows at least 16 (I stopped counting) restaurants that specialize in pizza in the Northeast Quadrant of Downtown (Washington to 11th, Meridian-to Interstate) alone. That includes both fine, medium, and "quick" quality places.
      • Sushi?
        Someone asked me for a great Sushi recommendation downtown. Other than Mikado, I had no clue. Is there not one on Mass Ave? Pizza & Sushi could go well together...
        • Sushi?
          My memory may be tricking me, but I seem to remember 45 Degrees at Mass Ave and College having sushi on its surprisingly-robust food menu.
        • Sushi Downtown
          Yes, 45 Degrees does sushi, as does Bu Da on Market and there is a Bistro Chopstix on Illinois. I can't say whether any of them are "great," but there are other sushi places downtown.
        • Oh, my!
          Anyone who thinks "just another pizzeria" has not been to Pizzology. Besides the pizza being wonderful, I could live on the grilled romaine salad. Then there's pasta and risotto and mussels, oh my! My husband and I go about once a week. Does not disappoint.

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