The team behind The Golden Tiki has joined forces with the son of a Las Vegas legend to bring a new high-concept pizza place to Downtown—in the footprint of a former pizza place. Tiki bar owner Branden Powers and his partners in that venture, Jeff Fine and Seth Schorr, will honor the late daredevil Evel Knievel with Evel Pie, a New York-style pizza joint at 508 Fremont Street. It will occupy the space that most recently housed the S&M-themed fondue restaurant F. Pigalle which abruptly closed in March and, before that, Radio City Pizzeria.
Knievel’s son Kelly will also be involved in the operation of the restaurant, which will offer pizza by the slice in an interior adorned with pinball machines, Evel memorabilia, Schwinn Stingray bicycles, skateboards and a bronze statue of Evel himself. While this signals a return of pizza to this spot, Evel Pie will go against the high-end mixology grain of its neighbors by offering “backyard” beers such as Hamm’s, Schlitz and Coors alongside craft beers and assorted “cheap drinks.” And the soundtrack will feature ’70s rock, new wave, early hip-hop and punk from acts including Boston, Black Sabbath, The Ramones, the Beastie Boys and Tribe Called Quest offered up as examples.
Evel Pie is set to open in October.