Changes are in the works for Zola’s Pizzeria — a name change and a move.
The popular pizza place in the Port of Brookings Harbor, will become Zola’s on the Water and move a stone’s throw away into the former Sports Haven Marina Bar and Grill building.
“We are excited,” said Eian Savas, Zola’s owner for the past 11 years.
A special Port of Brookings Harbor commissioners meeting Friday afternoon kept the process moving for Savas. Work on the new building is currently underway and Savas is shooting for opening in the new location at the end of April.
“We have a lot to do,” Savas told commissioners after receiving their approval to transfer fees to the new building, of the color scheme for the exterior of the building and to expand overall square footage by 20 feet.
All three items received unanimous approval from the commissioners.
Zola’s Pizzeria remains open at 16362 Lower Harbor Rd. at least until they move the last pieces from the restaurant, mainly the wood-fired oven over to the new spot at 16374 Lower Harbor Rd.
After everything is moved out, the old building will be demolished.
“The building is old and per the Port’s strategic plan that building is supposed to be demolished and made into more parking for the eventual construction of a third retail building which is also included in the Port's strategic plan,” stated Harbor Master Travis Webster.
Bold colors have been a staple of Zola’s and that will continue at the new location based on the submissions to the commissioners.
The added square footage will allow Zola’s to hide utilities from the public’s view and fix a drainage issue as well as level the uneven ground on the side of the building.
The new building is nearly three times bigger than the current space. Savas said Zola’s currently employs roughly 20 people and will be doubling the staff when the new space opens.
As for food, Savas said, of course, their popular pizzas will be on the menu and much more. He wasn’t ready to go public with a lot of details on the project just yet.
Savas said working with the Port has been great.
“The process has been fantastic,” Savas said. “I appreciate the support.”