If there were ever any doubt about the city's stance on the new Pizza Domenica restaurant John Besh is proposing for Magazine Street, the New Orleans City Council dispelled it Oct. 10 with a unanimous vote in favor of the pizzeria — including the use of go-cups.
District B City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell praised the John Besh Group for its outreach to the neighborhood around 4933 Magazine St. and called the idea for a more family-oriented version of Domenica wonderful.
"We appreciate the love that the Besh Group showed the community on the front end," Cantrell said. "You make us all better."
Besh made a quick appearance before the council, noting that his group of restaurants now employs 1,000 people around the city. Pizza Domenica will fit into Magazine Street and Uptown as well as his other restaurants have fit into the French Quarter and Central Business Districts, he said: "We intend to be lifelong neighbors and good stewards of the neighborhood."
Pizza Domenica previously had received a mostly favorable but technically split vote from the City Planning Commission amid concerns about parking and a tangential discussion of go-cups. Cantrell's Oct. 10 motion in favor of the restaurant deleted the provision prohibiting go-cups, noting that neighbors were fine with the souvenir-style cups the Besh Group uses. The proposal passed the full council by a 7-0 vote. Domenica Chef Alon Shaya has said he hopes the new restaurant can open next spring.