Doughboyz Pizzeria prepares to open in North Topeka
Eli Campbell has always dreamed of opening his own pizza restaurant.
For the last 15 years, he has dipped his toe into all aspects of the pizza industry, and now he gets the chance to round out the circle by becoming owner of a pizza place.
Campbell, along with business partner Trevor Burdett, will soon open Doughboyz Pizzeria at 1312 N. Kansas Ave.
The co-owners hope to have the restaurant open in mid-July, according to Burdett.
Renovations on the building have already begun, and many may recognize the location as the former home of the Topeka Rescue Mission’s thrift store and, before that, Our Father’s Table.
The large building gives Burdett and Campbell the ability to host large parties.
Inside, the restaurant features a wide-open dining room that will have a mix of low-top, high-top and tables that can seat large parties.
The walls create an inviting space with two murals created by local artist Jordan Brooks.
On top of that, the restaurant’s back door opens onto an expansive patio that the co-owners hope to turn into a mixed-use space.
“We are going to have corn hole, I’ve got a big blow-up movie screen and we’ve got about 80 seats that we are going to put out here,” Burdett said.
Burdett said the back patio will be ideal as COVID-19 continues to spread and people want to dine outside.
Doughboyz Pizzeria hopes to pull business from the NOTO Arts and Entertainment District, which is located less than a mile down the road.
“I really love this part of town,” Burdett said. “I’ve seen what NOTO’s done and when me and my wife (and kids) want to go down to NOTO, there’s really not any place down there where all of us can eat without fighting a huge crowd. We are definitely going to be able to have big events.”
The restaurant also features an arcade room, which will be filled with a variety of old-school and new games.
With several pizza restaurants across the city, it can be difficult to create a name for yourself and stand apart.
Burdett, who has business experience as owner of Sacred Leaf, and Campbell with his background in pizza, hope to be a dynamic pair who create an environment that kids and adults can enjoy.
“I’ve lived in this town all my life, and so many pizza places come and go,” Campbell said. “I don’t want that. I want our food to come out the door fast and just make people happy. This is more of an experience here. When you want to go have fun, parents and kids, this is where you will come.”