Chicago’s deep-dish dealer Gino’s East first announced their expansion to Music City a year ago, and an opening date in the former Sole Mio space was initially slated for this summer. But according to the Nashville Scene and Gino’s East marketing director Maggie Keeler, now Gino’s East enthusiasts will have to continue waiting until early next year to fulfill their deep-dish fix, as the building overhaul has just begun at 311 Third Avenue South. The memorable columned yellow stucco building will undergo a million dollar transformation and will feature the design work of Nashville’s own Barry Brechak Architecture + Design. When construction is complete, Gino’s East in Music City will feature a large outdoor dining space and a walk-up window offering pizza by the slice.
The revered Chicago pizza joint has been distributing deep-dish pies to the masses in the Windy City since 1966. Gino’s East was born after two taxi drivers and a buddy got sick of rush-hour traffic and decided to open a pizza joint. The long-time favorite is now one of Eater Chicago’s ‘25 Iconic Pizzerias,’ and offers the signature dish along with a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. The SoBro restaurant will be the first under the Gino’s East name in Tennessee. Outside of Chicago, the chain now has locations in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Texas, Wisconsin, and Mexico. The building’s last tenant, Sole Mio was open for over 20 years before they closed last September.
Those hankering for deep dish pie aren’t without hope in Music City, however, as Germantown’s 312 Pizza Company recently opened on Nolensville Pike, now giving Chicago-style pie options in North and South Nashville.