Posted 7:29 AM 4/17/2012 : A slice of pizza "to die for"
TUCSON- From a place of all things post-mortem to a pizza haven. There will soon be a new place to feast on a slice, downtown. It's all thanks to two brothers who are turning a former funeral parlor into a pizzeria.
If you've lived in town for a while, you'll remember the old Reilly Funeral Home near Pennington and Scott. It operated from 1908 to 1990 and the building was vacant until about a month ago, when brothers Tyler and Zach Fenton decided to open up a pizzeria. "It's a great old building with a lot of character," Tyler says.
The brothers are calling their new restaurant Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink. "We kind of felt it was right to pay a little respect to what it used to be," Zach says.
Their father, who works as a developer in town, bought the building 2007. The duo has been planning ever since. "The building has been around for a long time and it was overdue to be revitalized," Zach says.
With its vaulted ceilings and rustic brick walls, Tyler and Zach hope to turn it into an upscale Italian eatery. "The new breed of restaurant is kind of showing that upscale casual vibe," Tyler says.
And though the idea of eating pizza in a place where bodies used to rest may seem a little odd, the Fentons hope to change what Tucsonans associate with the name Reilly. "I hope they get hungry when they hear that," Zach says.
The restaurant is expected to open this summer.
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