Last year, the Zoning Board signed off on a plan to block off four parking spaces to create outdoor dining in front of the My Brother’s spot and at Yella Grille next door.
“Our goal from the beginning was to create a restaurant row, we now have three great restaurants that will complement one another, brasserie 28, Yella and One Thong Chai Bistro,” Samuels said.
Back at the Pizza Connection, the outdoor sign has been installed but the owners are waiting for the final inspections by town officials before opening, according to Joe O’Leary, one of the three owners. The restaurant’s motto is: “Great food, prompt delivery and service with a smile.”
O’Leary said the shop will offer take out and delivery only and the menu will include subs, fried food and hand-tossed, thin crust and deep dish pizza.
“We are trying to bring the local business back to downtown Andover,” O’Leary said. “There are plenty of chains and the local guys seem to be falling by the wayside.”
O’Leary and co-owners, Ryan O’Leary and Jeff Wise, all have previously worked at the Domino’s, he said. Between the three of them they have over 40 years experience of making and delivering food.
The phone number to My Brother’s Pizza Place has been forwarded to Captain Pizza on Route 114 in North Andover. An employee there said he “had no idea” why My Brother’s closed. Charles Eliopoulos, the owner of My Brother’s, could not be reached for comment.
At Andover Village Square on Main Street, Mad Maggie’s Ice Cream and Pink Tree Sweets, a cupcake bakery, are also expected to open in the coming months.