ORLEANS – Anyone in the area of Orleans Village may smell fresh baked pizza and other tasty foods and for good reason.
Erik Lawson, owner of the Village Pizza and Sub Station, recently moved his business from the Derby Road to Orleans, almost directly across from the Frontier Animal Society on Route 5. The new place is located on the VAST trail.
Lawson sold the Derby building to Jim Mulkin who, according to Lawson, is going to tear down the existing building and construct a new one that will have a home for Village Pizza and some retail space.
Lawson decided to use his down time from the Derby restaurant to open a new establishment, which is something that many residents have been asking him to do for some time. The Orleans Village Pizza will remain open even after Lawson reopens in Derby.
The Orleans restaurant is 3,200 square feet. It has a dining area, arcade and a lounge. Lawson will only sell beer and wine for now, but may expand his liquor license to other beverages. He stressed he didn’t want his business to be a bar. Lawson will also bring in flat screen televisions and free wireless Internet for customers.
The area around Orleans is too spread out to offer delivery service, said Lawson, who indicated he may offer the service to nearby businesses. Lawson offered delivery service from his Derby restaurant, but he does not know if that will continue once he reopens.
The new restaurant has some familiar decorations like photographs of trains, which is fitting since it's adjacent to the railroad tracks.
Lawson will still sell the same menu items plus some new selections. “We are here to serve the customers,” said Lawson. “The community seems to be happy.”