Two longtime U.S. Pizza Co
. employees, Lana Powers and Julie Mara, plan to open a U.S. Pizza franchise on 402 S. Louisiana St. in the former home of House of Philly Cheese Steak. Powers said U.S. Pizza Co. Salad Express will serve salads, sandwiches, soup and breadsticks, not pizza. The menu will mirror U.S. Pizza’s offerings, with a few additions. The restaurant should open on or before May 1, Powers said.
U.S. Pizza owner Judy Waller said that she plans to grow the U.S. Pizza empire with franchises as well as stores she owns and operates. The long in development new U.S. Pizza location on Kavanaugh in Hillcrest should be ready within 20 to 30 days, she said. The interior is finished and all the equipment is in place. Once the parking lot is paved, the restaurant will be ready to open, Waller said.