Pi to Open in Downtown St. Louis’ Mercantile Exchange

Chris Sommers, owner of Pi Pizzeria, announced a fifth St. Louis-area location in the downtown Mercantile Exchange building. Photo by Whitney Curtis

BY EVAN S. BENN | Post-Dispatch.com

Chris Sommers, owner of Pi Pizzeria, announced a fifth St. Louis-area location in the downtown Mercantile Exchange building. Photo by Whitney Curtis

Fresh off a gushing Washington Post review of its D.C.-based food truck, Pi Pizzeria announced today it will open its fifth St. Louis-area location at the downtown Mercantile Exchange building.

Set to open by next spring, the new Pi will include about 4,000 square feet of restaurant space, including an outdoor patio.

Pi currently operates restaurants in the Delmar Loop, Central West End, Kirkwood and Chesterfield (carryout only), as well as a roaming pizza truck. It is planning to open a location this summer in Washington, where Pi’s owners dispatched a food truck several months ago to help whet appetites.

The Mercantile Exchange, located in the 600 block of Washington Avenue in the old St. Louis Centre space, will open next year as a mixed-use building that also will include a movie theater and other retail space.

The project’s developers also are working on a $152 million rehab of the old Dillard’s building across the street from the Mercantile Exchange. They said this month that they would soon begin leasing units of the new Laurel Apartments. The Laurel building also is slated to house a 212-room Embassy Suites hotel as well as possibly a National Blues Museum.

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