Pizza shop, pub to open in former Pi Pizza site

ST. CHARLES – A pizzeria and pub will open later this year in the former Pi Pizza Perfection location in downtown St. Charles, one of its owners said Monday.

Riverside Pizza & Pub, 102 E. Main St., will offer dine-in and pizza delivery as well as burgers, sandwiches, beer, wine and other drinks, said Steve Nilles, Riverside’s president and one of three co-owners.

Nilles was at the St. Charles Government Operations Committee on Monday to obtain a Class B liquor license for Riverside Pizza. The committee voted 7-2 in favor of recommending that the City Council grant a liquor license to the business. Ward 4 aldermen Jim Martin and Jo Krieger continued their longstanding practice of voting no on liquor license requests.

Nilles said renovations at the business should be complete sometime in June and a firm opening will be determined afterward. The business will span the first and second floors, according to a standard St. Charles police memo for the liquor license application.

Nilles and the two other owners have a combined 45 years of restaurant industry experience and are partners in other restaurants in ­DuPage County. They closed on the deal to purchase the former Pi Pizza property on Jan. 31.

“There’s a lot in downtown that appealed to us, mainly being close to the [Arcada] Theatre,” Nilles said.

Pi Pizza Perfection closed sometime in late 2012 after being open since at least February 2007, according to city records.