Sep 9, 2021 - Food and Drink

Emmy Squared is now open in Plaza Midwood

Emmy Squared Pizza

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The New York pizza joint Emmy Squared opens its first North Carolina location today in Plaza Midwood.

The restaurant occupies a renovated 4,800-square-foot space at 1508 Central Ave., which was formerly home to a vintage and consignment store. It’s on the same stretch as Soul Gastrolounge and KiKi.

  • And already there’s a second Charlotte location planned for the Design Center in South End.

Details: Emmy Squared, started in Brooklyn in 2016, is known for its square-shaped, crispy-bottomed Detroit-style pizza and its signature burgers, one of which was named ‘#1 Best Burger in Nashville’ by The Tennessean.

  • Beyond Nashville and New York City, the popular brand also has locations in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Louisville.
  • “Emmy Squared is a small, neighborhood restaurant, which fits Midwood perfectly,” a spokeswoman tells us.

What to expect: The menu will have a variety of house-specialty pizzas, including the Colony, made with pepperoni, pickled jalapenos and honey; the Emmy, made with banana peppers, red onion, ranch and side sauce; and the MVP, made with house-made vodka sauce, red sauce and garlic parsley pesto. Gluten-free options are also available.

Zoom out: The building is in a stretch of Plaza Midwood that’s rapidly changing, including the upcoming transformation of the 12-acre Central Square property and the overhaul of the old Post Office building. [Go deeper]

  • Emmy Squared also joins a growing list of major national restaurant names to expand into Charlotte. A few others include Snooze AM Eatery, Shake Shack, and The Eagle.
(courtesy of Emmy Squared)

Location/hours: Emmy Squared is located at 1508 Central Ave. and will be open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 5-10pm, and Fridays and Saturdays from 5-11pm.

Here’s a look around:

Editor’s note: We first published this story on Jan. 13 and updated it Sept. 8.

Emmy Squared Interior Shot, Main dining room
Emmy Squared Interior Shot, Main dining room
Emmy Squared Interior Shot, back dining room/bar area
There’s a bar area in the back of the restaurant.
Emmy Squared Pizza
Emmy Squared’s “Colony” pizza.
Emmy Squared Eggplant Parm
The Eggplant Parm is a must-try.
1508 Central Avenue (courtesy of Charles Thrift)
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