The new ownership that’s taken over iconic Chicago deep-dish pizza restaurant Burt’s Place has encountered a few challenges but plan on reopening in September in suburban Morton Grove, according to Chicago. Before founder Burt Katz’s died in April, cousins Jerry Petrow and John Munao worked with Katz to ensure their pizzas would match the quality of the restaurant’s founder.
Longtime Burt’s Place employee Buddy Roadhouse provided more insight via LTHForum. He wrote that the dining room would be going through some changes, as "they're creating a space that will at once feel familiar and welcoming to long-time fans of Burt's, while also putting to rest a lot of the complaints from some quarters about the dining room's less than pristine ambiance." He reiterated that former futures traders Petrow and Munao made several test runs making pizza before remodeling work began. Chicago reports they’re adding a side patio.
There were some questions if Burt’s 2.0 would carry over the old call-ahead "policy," which served essentially as a reservation. As Burt’s only had Katz making the pizza, service was sometimes slower than many pizza lovers were accustomed. Roadhouse wasn’t sure if the policy would remain or if there would be accommodations to make the dining room more walk-in friendly.