July 23 will be the day the pizza died. After nearly 15 months of hip-hop pizza dinners, P.R.E.A.M. will close its doors at 2133 SE 11th Ave. Chef Nicholas Ford and bartender Brandon Gomez started P.R.E.A.M. as a pizza pop-up at Ned Ludd, before teaming up with the ChefStable restaurant group and opening as a brick and mortar April 2015. P.R.E.A.M. won some accolades from the critics for its creative pizzas, signature hip-hop soundtrack, and youthful, edgy decor, but Kurt Huffman of ChefStable tells Eater it wasn't enough.
"It was an exciting 14 months," says Huffman, "but it wasn't as busy as we expected. Then, an exciting opportunity came along." Huffman says ChefStable isn't abandoning the venue and that he's working with a new partner on a new restaurant concept that's still under wraps. While he isn't ready to release specifics, Huffman did say the new restaurant will also focus on pizza and P.R.E.A.M. pizzaiolo Nicholas Ford will be involved in some capacity.
Now through July 23, P.R.E.A.M. will only operate three nights a week to undergo a remodel, so get in for your last taste of its pies set to The Notorious B.I.G. ChefStable hopes to reopen its new restaurant in September or October 2016.