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Burton Heiss, CEO of Buddy’s Pizza, inside the new location in Troy on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (Photo: Eric Seals, Detroit Free Press)

Buddy’s Pizzeria will open its newest location in Troy later this month.

This new spot is the Detroit-born pizza chain’s 19th Michigan location and 16th full-service restaurant. Three locations are carry-out only. The restaurant will open October 26th at 987 Wilshire Drive in Troy near Crooks and West Big Beaver roads. 

Like many other Buddy’s locations, the Troy restaurant pays homage to where Buddy’s got it start at 6 Mile and Conant in Detroit in 1946, though the nod to the original is slightly different and subtle, reflecting on the elements and automotive-inspired decor.

“We didn’t want it do be cookie cutter,” Buddy’s Pizza CEO Burton Heiss said. “With the mid-century modern look of the bar, the extra wood and little industrial look, we really tried to open it and I think we’ve built a beautiful Buddy’s the Troy community is going really enjoy.”

Inside the nearly 7,000-square-foot space, there’s seating for about 200 people under normal operations, including seating at its U-shaped bar and an outdoor patio on the Wilshire street side with 40 seats. When the location opens, it will be at 50% capacity, in accordance with current state guidelines during the pandemic. They will also have a separate area for carryout service.

The dining area has an open feel with a mix of booth and table seating. On one wall of the carryout area is a collage of the steel pans that pizzas are baked in. The seasoned pans are key to Buddy’s Detroit-style pizza and creating the pizza’s crispy, caramelized crust and edges it’s known for. 

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