Thursday, September 30, 2010

Coming Soon: The Rail, A Pizza Company

If you care at all about historic downtown Rogers (and of course, you do), you're barely able to contain your enthusiasm about the opening of The Rail, A Pizza Company!

Proprietors David Davis and Shane Zimmerman are currently in the middle of construction progress on the building at 218 South First Street in historic downtown Rogers, right next to Iron Horse Coffee Company.  Current work includes framing, flooring, electrical, plumbing and the beginnings of some finishes.  Be sure to stop by and pester them - they'll appreciate it!

Downtown Rogers has long been in need of a fantastic pizza and beer joint, and The Rail will fit the bill.  Additionally, Davis comes from a long line of successful downtown Rogers business owners - parents Emery & Ruth have Favorite Tuxedo and Holy Orders Liturgical Threads just down the street at 228 South First Street (see an excellent recent article on both here), brother Emery Jr. has Iron Horse Coffee Company next door, and brother CJ and his wife Jennifer are the faces of Club Frisco just around the corner.  Davis has also been active in partner Holly Mang's business, Brick Street Botanical

Zimmerman comes from the Midland Construction family (that's him showboating in the picture on their website), adding to the track record for establishing successful businesses.  Incidentally, Midland Construction was responsible for the downtown Rogers intersection improvements this year, and wife Juli Zimmerman runs Love 'Em and Leash 'Em Canine Services.  If ever there was doubt (surely not!) that a pizza place could thrive downtown, it's because it didn't have the upbringing that The Rail has to its advantage.

Zimmerman and Davis will offer outside dining on a back patio and will serve pizzas, salads, wings and a variety of other unique dishes, as well as plenty of frosty beverages.  The pair cite the old brick walls and the flow of the space through intuitive design as some of their favorite aspects of the building.  Both are excited to offer a new place for locals to enjoy a relaxing evening with friends and family.

A select group was able to sample pizzas at Brick Street Botanical during one of the Third Friday Twilight Walks in downtown Rogers earlier this summer, and every slice was devoured like candy.  We can assure you that you're in for some excellent pizza at The Rail.

The duo is shooting for a mid-November opening, but we'll all wait patiently knowing that perfection takes time.  Their establishment will be well-run and a welcome addition to the downtown Rogers business community.  See you there!

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