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October 10. 2013 11:14PM

900 Degrees pizza restaurant to open next week in Epping


Jon Flebotte, general manager of the new 900 Degrees wood-fired pizzeria in Epping, pushes burning logs to the back of the oven Thursday as workers prepare the two ovens for next week's opening. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)

EPPING — The town's dining options will be heating up next week when the new 900 Degrees Wood Fired Pizzeria opens its doors.

The 5,000-square-foot restaurant is set to open early next week in the Brickyard Square shopping center, but an exact date hasn't been set.

An official ribbon cutting is scheduled for Oct. 17.

Workers spent Thursday putting the final touches on the restaurant that will become the second location for owner Priscilla Lane-Rondeau of Manchester.

900 Degrees, which serves gourmet Neapolitan-style thin crust pizza, opened its first location in a mill building at 50 Dow St. in Manchester in 2007.

"You can get pizza in a number of places, but the ingredients and the pizza we do is different than what you normally find," said Jon Flebotte, the restaurant's general manager.

The new 143-seat Epping restaurant will be 2,200 square feet larger than the Manchester one and will feature two ovens, a pizza bar for customers to watch the pizza while it cooks, a regular bar, a larger kitchen and a small function area to host events.

"This location here allowed us to create a wish list of things we couldn't do in Manchester," Flebotte said.

The restaurant is located in an end unit of a retail building in the shopping plaza at the junction of routes 125 and 101 that's home to Market Basket, Marshalls, Michaels, and several other retailers.

Flebotte said the spot is a good location for the new restaurant, which plans to cross-promote with O'neil Cinemas, a movie theater that opened last November in the plaza. The marketing strategy would allow both business to offer customers movie and dining deals.

"I think it'll be great with the traffic and development going on here. It's going to be great for us," Flebotte said.

900 Degrees hoped to open Oct. 1, but the opening was delayed a bit. Flebotte said that delay helped the restaurant get its 65 employees in place and ready for next week's opening.

jschreiber@newstote.com