Daphne's & Slater's 50/50 Owners To Bring Chicago Deep Dish Pizza To San Diego

August 6, 2019

The Los Angeles-based hospitality group that owns Slater's 50/50 and Daphne's California Greek will soon convert all Project Pie restaurant locations, including three in San Diego, into outposts of Patxi's Pizza - a full-service, Chicago-style deep-dish pizza concept.

Elite Restaurant Group - which owns various chains including Gigi’s Cupcake, Slater's 50/50, Daphne’s California Greek, and Noon Mediterranean - recently acquired all the Project Pie locations and have announced that they will be rebranding the Carlsbad-based pizza concept to become Patxi's Pizza, which Elite purchased last year. Patxi’s was founded in 2004 in Palo Alto, CA, by William Freeman and Francisco “Patxi” Azpiroz and the brand now has restaurants in Northern and Central California, Seattle, Colorado, and a new store scheduled to open in November in Los Angeles.

Elite intends to immediately rebrand the Project Pie stores into Patxi's Pizza, including three company restaurants in the greater San Diego area. Project Pie was founded by James Markham, a Carlsbad native who also co-founder of Seattle-based MOD Pizza, Pieology Pizzeria, and is in the process of opening Windmill Food Hall in San Diego's North County. The San Diego Project Pie locations in Hillcrest (3888 Fourth Avenue), Chula Vista (555 Broadway, Suite 140), and Eastlake (2260 Otay Lakes Road) will get designed with an old school pizzeria style with exposed brick and eventually offer an eclectic menu of Chicago-style deep dish pan pizza, thin-crust pizza, appetizers, salads, soups, piadina & sandwiches, and dessert pizza. The restaurant conversions are expected to be complete by year's end.

For more information about Patxi's Pizza, visit patxispizza.com.