Pizza Today - August 2018 - 51

Breaking
Ground
As Pizza Today's August issue
debuts, Cope is putting the finishing
touches on Empire's new home just a
block away from its original location
with a grand opening later this month.
Cope gave Pizza Today a tour of the
construction site, a mere shell of what
the facility will take shape as. The
two-story building will house Empire
on the first floor and 84 Hospitality
offices on the second floor. Building
out the new space from scratch,
Cope says will help correct some of
the challenges the staff faces in the
current location. The new footprint is
3,700 square feet and a 75-foot by 14foot patio, double the current space.
The new spot will double deck oven
capacity and add a convection oven to
better accommodate the rush. The bar
and kitchen spaces will be flip flopped
to give the kitchen crew the much
needed space to maneuver.
Taking a shiny new space and
making it have that worn-in Empire
vibe is a challenge that Cope is up to.
A drop ceiling will be added to high
exposed ceilings and will be painted
black, along with the walls. Since
moving the art and posters would be
virtually impossible, Empire has put a
call out to its fan base to drop off any
posters or art that they think would
fit Empire. While Pizza Today was
there, three people dropped off their
treasured vintage rock and film posters.
As the new Empire takes shape,
Cope's mind is on replicating the
identity that they've worked so hard
to develop. "It's got to smell the
same," she says. "It's got to feel the
same. When you are listening, it has
to sound the same. All of those things
are so important." n
DE NISE GREER

Pizza Today.

@ PizzaToday.com
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OKC Public Schools
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Pizza Today - August 2018

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pizza Today - August 2018

Pizza Today - August 2018
Commentary
Contents
Contributors
Expo Spotlight
Interact
Conversation
Man on the Street
Tony’s Trending Recipe
At Your Service
Destinations
Knead to Know
Road to Ppne ‘18
2018 Independent Pizzeria of the Year: Empire Slice House, Oklahoma City, Ok
Product Showcase
Pizza Today Yellow Pages
The Marketplace
Reader’s Resource
Mike’s Monthly Tip
Pizza Today - August 2018 - CT1
Pizza Today - August 2018 - CT2
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Pizza Today - August 2018
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Cover2
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Commentary
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Pizza Today - August 2018 - 5
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Pizza Today - August 2018 - 7
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Contents
Pizza Today - August 2018 - 9
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Contributors
Pizza Today - August 2018 - 11
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Expo Spotlight
Pizza Today - August 2018 - 13
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Interact
Pizza Today - August 2018 - 15
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Conversation
Pizza Today - August 2018 - 17
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Man on the Street
Pizza Today - August 2018 - 19
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Tony’s Trending Recipe
Pizza Today - August 2018 - 21
Pizza Today - August 2018 - At Your Service
Pizza Today - August 2018 - 23
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Destinations
Pizza Today - August 2018 - 25
Pizza Today - August 2018 - Knead to Know
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Pizza Today - August 2018 - Road to Ppne ‘18
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Pizza Today - August 2018 - 2018 Independent Pizzeria of the Year: Empire Slice House, Oklahoma City, Ok
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