Mama's Old World makes its move

Pizzeria fills Bucking Rainbow Building vacancy

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— Mama's Old World Pizza has a new home.

The business is the latest occupant in the log building on Fourth Street, which formerly housed Bucking Rainbow Outfitters, Brookie's Kitchen and Asian Persuasion.

Recent moves had left Azteca Taqueria as the sole occupant of the two-story building, and there was plenty of kitchen and counter space for a new tenant. Mama's Old World, which serves gourmet pizzas and is best known for the dribble of honey tucked into its crust, was looking to move out of its location at the Wolf Den.

The combination of fast Mexican food and gourmet pizza is a good one, the owners on both sides of the partition said.

"What better place especially right on Lincoln. Azteca had a line out the door every day at lunch," Mama's Old World owner Kyle Csee said. "It has worked out really well. So far, so good."

Csee and partner Micah Egan started the business in November at the Wolf Den but felt the business was not well suited for the downtown bar. They moved into the Lincoln Avenue and Fourth Street location this month.

"Wolf Den really is not conducive to eating. Being in a smoky bar, the atmosphere just wasn't there," Csee said.

Both restaurants are known for their fresh ingredients. Azteca makes its salsa by chopping tomatoes and Mama's Old World uses everything from fresh basil to artichoke.

In March, the leases for Bucking Rainbow, Asian Persuasion and Brookie's Kitchen expired. Azteca moved over to the larger space occupied by Jan Levy, who owned both Asian Persuasions and Brookie's Kitchen.

Azteca owner Keith Hicks said the business needed to sublease its old space.

Csee said he and his business partners, including Caroline Linquist, heard that Azteca was looking to sublease the space and approached them.

"We badly needed someone," said Hicks, who owns Azteca with Jim Ruggiero.

"They're local boys and everyone loves pizza, especially by the slice. It was fantastic."

The space above the restaurant is still empty. Bucking Rainbow moved to 729 Lincoln and Levy's restaurant closed. Hicks said Azteca is looking to expand its business. He said the restaurant just applied for a liquor license and might lengthen its hours.

With a new home, Csee said his business could also expand its hours to 11 a.m. to midnight with deliveries after 4 p.m. Csee said the restaurant also hopes to add more pasta dishes and increase its lunch business.

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