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Dining

New Pizza Place for Midtown

NYPD founder plans new restaurant, Lucci's, on W. Capitol Dr.

By - Feb 4th, 2019 05:09 pm
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A new sit-down pizza restaurant is planned for the city’s Roosevelt Grove neighborhood near the intersection of N. 41st St. and W. Capitol Dr.

Abel Hamdan, who founded and later sold New York Pizza Delivery (NYPD), plans to purchase a vacant lot from the city at 4103 W. Capitol Dr. and invest almost $600,000 in building a new restaurant to be known as Lucci’s.

He told the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee Monday morning that he was drawn to the site by the 45,000 vehicles that pass by daily. “It’s triple the amount I had on North Avenue,” said Hamdan.

Hamdan opened NYPD at 231 E. North Ave. in 2009.

The restauranteur said he envisions hiring approximately 30 people to work at the new restaurant, which he said is the only pizza place within two miles.

But most of the food won’t be consumed on site. “I believe most of my business would be from delivery,” Hamdan told the committee. He also told the committee he wouldn’t be seeking a liquor license and would only hire people from within the delivery radius.

According to city documents, Hamdan intends to build a 2,184-square-foot building on the lot, as well as a small parking lot. Landscaping is required as part of the purchase agreement. The term sheet approved by the committee also requires Hamdan to fund traffic calming enhancements on N. 41st St.

Hamdan would acquire the 9,000-square-foot lot for $18,000. The city took possession of the lot through property tax foreclosure in 1999.

The proposal has the support of area Alderman Khalif Rainey. “I think it could be catalytic to one of the most traveled thoroughfares in the state of Wisconsin,” he said.

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