Once home to a Marie Callender's, which served sweet and savory pies for more than 45 years, the brick building at 353 E. 17th St. in Costa Mesa will reopen this fall to serve a whole new kind of doughy goodness: wood-fired pizza.
Los Angeles-based Pitfire Artisan Pizza is on track to open its sixth location here in early October, bringing a variety of rustic, fire-singed pizza recipes, a new community space and a 630-degree kiln.
Though details are still in the works, the owners plan to have a grand-opening event, and a series of preopening art installations and festivities to get to know their future regulars.
After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2011, Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. closed the Costa Mesa location, along with 30 others across the nation that were performing poorly.
The small diner near Westport Square sat vacant for less than a year before Pitfire founders Paul Hibler and David Sanfield set their sights on the property for their first branch-out into Orange County.