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Pizza, wings joint coming to Brooks

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Deco Pizzeria is expanding to Brooks with a third venue, which should be welcome news for fans of its fresh, homemade dough and jumbo wings.

A debut is planned sometime this fall at 2402 S.E Military Drive, Suite 102.

The first eatery opened on April Fools’ Day 2011 (no joke) at 1815 Fredericksburg Road. A second followed in 2018 at 2026 Babcock Road, Suite 107, in the South Texas Medical Center.

According to owner Jacob Valenzuela, the COVID-19 outbreak has meant some flexibility with the unveiling.

“I hate to mention a specific month, because with this pandemic, we’re dependent on many moving parts,” he said. “We’re at the mercy of when the furniture is going to be delivered, etcetera.”

After honing his business skills during nearly 20 years “in various leadership positions at USAA,” Valenzuela decided to change careers and become a restaurateur.

The name “deco” is based on the original parlor inside an old gas station in the Deco District near Woodlawn Theatre.

In addition to pizza pies, calzones, wings, salads and sandwiches, what distinguishes the pizzeria is a full bar and a focus on the arts, live music, poetry readings and more, Valenzuela said.

“We are going to have a nice outdoor patio and we’ve commissioned local artists for the decoration of the space,” he added.

Locating on the South Side is a good idea, Valenzuela said.

“We’re excited and the community is excited, too,” he noted. “The love and support is palpable. People are waiting and asking about when we’re going to open.”

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