Utah-based chain Lucky Slice Pizza is adding a location in Logan, but they may not be bringing their alcoholic menu items along.
The pizza establishment, with brick-and-mortar locations in Ogden and Clearfield, is expected to open up shop at 64 Federal Ave., next to Caffe Ibis, on June 1, according to company officials.
“We saw similarities and parallels in Logan that we found in Ogden — namely a university presence, a growing and vibrant downtown district, a great sense of community, and strong outdoors and arts cultures,” wrote Chase Burch, marketing manager for Lucky Slice Pizza, in an email to The Herald Journal.
Nick VanArsdell, Lucky Slice Pizza owner, talked about why he thinks Logan is a good fit for Lucky Slice Pizza, noting the community is similar to his hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona.
“Personally, I just really love the college town feel and the idea there’s this collaboration between the school, the city and the downtown area,” he said.
VanArsdell also said a “strong selling point” for his business coming that particular part of Logan is Caffe Ibis, a locally owned business known for its freshly brewed coffee.
“We believe that Lucky Slice and Caffe Ibis have (complementary) products, services, and customers,” VanArsdell wrote.
Stephen Pereyra, social media strategist at Caffe Ibis, said he was happy to learn Lucky Slice is moving in next door.
“It’s going to be a very welcome addition to the Church and Federal family in that their customers are similar,” he said. “I do think that it will give us the opportunity to better serve the people that come into the area around here.”
As far as food is concerned, Ibis focuses on brunch over the weekend, Pereyra said.
“Having a place close by that offers food during the week will be a very nice addition,” he said.
Lucky Slice in Logan will have booth and table seating for families and groups, in addition to modern bar-style seating, according to Burch; decorations will include artwork from featured local artists.
Lucky Slice offers a wide selection of pizzas, wings and salads through quick-service dine-in, carry-out, delivery and catering.
Burch said the Logan menu will be consistent with other locations. Regular items on the pizza menu include pepperoni, cheese, carnivore, margherita supreme, in addition to two “daily slices” that change each day of the week and monthly specials.
But there will be an “updated menu” with the opening of the Logan location, including a few new pizza flavors, side items, and vegan-specific offerings — wings, pizzas and appetizers.
“It will be our first venture with vegan ‘cheese’ but we will have cheese-less options too,” VanArsdell wrote in an email. “My favorite vegan item though is our Cauliflower ‘wings’ — they taste amazing in all our wing sauces and the texture might as well be boneless chicken.”
At its other locations, Lucky Slice Pizza offers “a seasonal selection of draft and bottled beers with an emphasis on local and craft brews,” according to the company’s website; wine is available at its Clearfield location.
VanArsdell said Lucky Slice currently does not plan to apply for any type of beer or liquor license for its Logan location, but they “will be offering a unique selection of non-alcoholic craft beverages.” VanArsdell cited Utah’s alcohol laws and anticipated changes to those laws as a factor in the decision.
HB 442, which passed the state Legislature earlier this year and is on the governor’s desk, would shorten the distance around community locations — churches and public schools, parks, playgrounds and libraries — in which restaurants can serve alcohol from 600 feet to 300 feet by the shortest route of pedestrian travel or within 200 feet of the community location measured in a straight line.
The new Lucky Slice location would be within 200 feet of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Under Utah’s current alcohol laws, the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control had procedures for granting variances to the proximity requirement, but HB 442 would remove the DABC’s authority to grant such variances.
A spokeswoman with the governor’s office on Monday said Gov. Gary Herbert plans to sign the bill. Herbert’s last day to sign or veto bills from this session is March 29. Restaurants hoping to obtain some type of alcohol license under Utah’s current rules would have until the new law would take effect May 9.
“For Lucky Slice it’s not a huge loss. The sale of alcohol only makes up a very small percentage of our business,” VanArsdell wrote. “Without the availability of adult beverages we know there will be some disappointed customers, but we will have an excellent selection of other craft beverages available in lieu of alcohol.”
Lucky Slice Pizza opened its first location in Ogden in 2012 with co-owners Mike McDonald, Nick VanArsdell and Will Shafe. It has since added a location in Clearfield and has seasonal locations at Powder Mountain, Lindquist Field and the Ogden Ice Sheet. Lucky Slice also operates two food trucks throughout the state.
Herald Journal staff writer Sean Dolan contributed to this story.