Words and photos by Katie Ogletree at Slow Down & Savor: A Food Blog.
If you’re a local or if you frequent San Marcos, then you, like many, may have noticed something stirring over the past few months in the shopping center on the corner of Sessom and N. LBJ, directly across from Texas State University.
That’s right. The storefront that used to be home to Zen’s Pizza Bistro has disappeared and in its place, a new pizzeria emerged like a phoenix rising from the abandoned space.
The Katz brothers were at it again, transforming a lifeless space into something truly breath-taking: Pie Society.
Seth and Chase are the brothers who built the kolache empire out of a teeny-tiny storefront and called it Dos Gatos. They are the brothers who transformed an old 1930’s gas station into the city’s most exciting, relaxing and inviting bar, Zelick’s. And these are the brothers who were behind the rumblings in the strip mall at the old Zen’s. They took their vision for an amazing pizzeria and went to town, and Pie Society was born.
The place is stunning.
It’s modern, sleek, and clean, with a touch of rustic charm and a bit of industrial edge. It’s open. It’s exciting. It’s bold. Pie Society is just what San Marcos needs: Something fresh, vibrant, classic yet innovative. The kitchen is fully open, which helps you as a diner feel like you’re really part of it all.
And that was the goal. Tremendous thought went into every single detail of this place, including the fact that there is minimal separation between the kitchen and dining space, the beautiful equipment in the kitchen, the family style seating, and the butcher’s block tables and counters.
According to Chase, these butcher’s block counters and tables are made from the same butcher’s block they use in the kitchen to prep their baking at Dos Gatos.
But I have to say the most exciting part of Pie Society is locked away behind a secret door, giving an aire of mystery. The 1930’s style parlor room will blow your mind. I can’t say much about it now, but let me just say, it’s perfect. Complete with antique furniture and gorgeous wooden detailing, this place will quickly become the talk of the city, that’s for sure. It’ll only be open Thursday through Saturday nights, but that just makes it all the more fun.
As for the food?
They offer nine signature New York style pizzas, both by the pie and by the slice, build your own pizzas, as well as some delicious fresh salads. From their bar, you can enjoy any number of delicious cocktails, or some cold beer from tap or bottle. Just open your tab, and you can go back for more, both food and drink.
The pizzas have a crust that’s simply to die for; crispy, chewy and tasty. The toppings are piled on at the perfect ratio of cheese to sauce to whatever else is on there. They’ve mastered the science of pizza creation, that’s for sure.
So, find yourself a comfy place at the bar top around the kitchen, the best seat in the house, and watch the pizza crafters work their magic, and talk with the friendly staff. Everyone goes above and beyond to make sure your visit at Pie Society is exceptional.
Pie Society will officially open June 11th at 11 a.m., so be sure to stop by, say hi, grab a slice and a drink from their fully stocked bar.