It's been almost a month since iconic pizzeria owner Burt Katz died. Now comes news that Burt's Place will reopen under new ownership, as a pair of former future traders have purchased the Morton Grove deep-dish institution, the Tribune reported. They plan on serving pizzas under the Burt's Place name in mid-July or August.
Burt's Place had been closed since July 2015 as Katz battled health problems. It started only as a temporary shutter, but in October Katz announced he was selling the restaurant. The new ownership, Jerry Petrow and John Munao, planned to practice pizza making with Katz before his health dwindled. They intend to use the same methods and ingredients as Katz, according to the Trib.
The 78-year-old Katz died April 30. He founded Pequod's Pizzeria and had ran Burt's Place since 1989 alongside his wife, Sharon. The restaurant gained acclaim after current-Tribune reporter Louisa Chu took Anthony Bourdain there in 2009 on a visit while recording an episode of "No Reservations."