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Almost open: Pizza place and bar coming to Tower District

Lucy’s Lounge and Mama Mia, two businesses sharing one spot, will open soon in the Tower District.
Lucy’s Lounge and Mama Mia, two businesses sharing one spot, will open soon in the Tower District. bclough@fresnobee.com

Everybody’s talking about Castillo’s restaurant closing, but the next topic of Tower District buzz is likely to be the place across the street that’s opening soon.

Lucy’s Lounge inspired curiosity when it put up a sign a while back.

Lucy’s is part of the partnership between Bobby Salazar and the owners of Mama Mia that we first reported last summer. They are bringing a bar and pizza place to the Tower District. It’s been in the works a long time, but Salazar hopes to open about three weeks from now (though restaurant openings are notoriously delayed).

The bar is up and the seating is ready.

They are taking over the former Score Sports Cafe & Lounge that’s between Starbucks and the cigar shop. It’s one big space that will be shared between the two businesses.

Lucy’s is the bar side, which will be run by Bobby Salazar, who owns the taqueria of the same name two doors down. The Mama Mia side will be a second location for the pizza and Italian restaurant.

Salazar says Lucy’s will have a different atmosphere than the bar at the taqueria. It will be quieter, he says, and they’ll have live music like jazz.

“It will be more of an upscale bar, fine wines by the glass, just a different atmosphere,” he says. “Like Landmark used to be, that kind of a concept.”

And of course, it will sell cocktails. There will be Stockholm royales and cosmopolitans, along with a dozen beers on tap, including some craft beers.

Mama Mia will offer the same menu it has at its location at Palm and Bullard avenues: Pizza, pasta, calzone, burgers and sandwiches.

The restaurant is perhaps best known for its calzones.

“There’s not many places in town you can get them fried the way we do,” says one of the owners, Michael Anthony DiNuzzo, who will run the Tower location.

The restaurant also will have an express menu that will include calzone for workers with short lunches.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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