Brick oven pizza-maker Grimaldi’s will open its first Wisconsin location this summer in the The Corners of Brookfield next to the Von Maur store.
Grimaldi’s has 50 locations around the country. The restaurant in the Town of Brookfield will include the restaurant’s signature 25-ton coal-fired brick oven that burns at roughly 1,200 degrees.
“We have had our eye on the development for some time, and we are so pleased to bring our distinctive and truly authentic pizza to Wisconsin as the latest tenant of The Corners,” said Grimaldi’s Chief Executive Officer Joey Ciolli in a statement. “Our signature coal-fired brick oven, used to perfect long-standing secret recipes, has made our thin crust pizza and calzones famous across the country, and we are excited to introduce our concept to the Midwest.”
The Corners, an upscale retail center with luxury apartments, will have a celebration Saturday when some of its tenants, including the first Von Maur in Wisconsin, open. Other tenants opening Saturday are J. Jill, Francesca’s, Kendra Scott, Twig’s, Anthony Vince Nail Spa, Evereve and Scout and Molly’s.
The interior of the Grimaldi’s is already under construction and the restaurant should open this summer.
“We are thrilled to welcome Grimaldi’s to The Corners and anticipate it will be another unique offering and attraction to add to the vibrant atmosphere we are aiming to create for shoppers, visitors and residents alike,” said Robert Gould, vice president of U.S. Operations for IM Properties, in a statement. “I believe Grimaldi’s will quickly develop a large local fan base.”
According to Ciolli, Grimaldi’s flagship restaurants in New York City regularly drew the likes of Frank Sinatra and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, helping spur the restaurants’ fan following. Grimaldi’s also recently announced it will open a location in Taylor, Michigan, which is expected to open April 24.
Other restaurants already announced at The Corners include BelAir Cantina and Café Hollander.