Owned by Pierre Prevost and Annabelle Eastling, Pulehu Pizza has been making pizzas inspired by the French tarte flambee and Hawaiian-style pizza since opening as a food cart in 2010. "Pierre comes from Eastern France," Eastling tells Eater, "and he got into Hawaiian-style pizza when he was cooking at the Four Seasons on Maui."
Eastling and Prevost are now taking the plunge and opening a brick-and-mortar at 2700 NE 82nd Ave., and it opens tomorrow, February 20.
Believe it or not—Pulehu Pizza comed with a side of extreme sports. The restaurant and bar is inside the 10,000-square-foot Lumberyard Bike Park, and one side of the dining room is completely open, letting you watch bicyclists do backflips while eating thin-crust pizzas made with a sourdough starter and locally milled Shepard's Grain flour. Get to Pulehu through the Lumberyard's front entrance.
As reported by Great Food Stories, the move to brick and mortar brings an expanded menu. As the menu shows below, Pulehu now serves panini and beer on tap, along with snacks, like hot dogs and Bacon Maple Peanuts.
The pizzas have changed somewhat, too. While the food cart prepared all of its pizzas Hawaiian-style over an open-flame grill, the brick and mortar will use a pizza oven with pizza stones. "The pizza stones make sure the thin crust is crisp," says Eastling.
Eastling estimates the restaurant seats 80 to 100, including the bar area, and she says you can expect to find movies regularly projected on the walls. After tomorrow, Pulehu will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Here's Pulehu Pizza's opening day menu: