A fast-growing local pizzeria mini-chain known for its pies made with Old Style beer is continuing its rapid trajectory the recent debut of its fourth permanent location in four years. Chef and owner Matt Wilde will debut the latest outpost of Bob’s Pizza on Wednesday, February 22 inside Hyde Park’s Harper Court.
This location will feature pizza by the slice for lunch and three options exclusive to the South Side: “The Bob Kim” (bacon, ssam sauce, shredded cabbage, fried garlic) includes a ssam sauce Kimski chef Won Kim adapted from his mother. There’s also a meatball pizza (hatch chiles, sweet onions, roasted garlic) and a chicken sausage pizza (smoked chicken sausage, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, goat cheese, tomato sauce, garlic honey).
Bob’s Hyde Park location seats 66 between roomy black booths, high-top tables, and stools along the windows and bar. A red and black color scheme runs throughout the 3,000-square-foot dining room, which is outfitted with enormous hair-raising murals painted by Kim. A 60-seat patio is set to open when the weather improves in the spring.
Pizza is generally a family-friendly affair, but once Bob’s secures its liquor license diners of drinking age could also order off a playful cocktail list with options like a boozy frozen, blended Tang with white rum, Bob’s Irish coffee milkshake (Irish whiskey, cold brew, coffee liqueur, vanilla), and the tropical Jungle Bird (dark rum, Campari, pineapple juice).
Bob’s Pizza Hyde Park, 1518 E. Harper Court, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.