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New Heights Pizza Restaurant Brings Food Truck Cred — and Houston’s Bearded Foodie Wonder

BY // 04.30.16
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Lee Ellis stands in front of his namesake Heights restaurant Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts. (Photo by Jenny Antill Clifton)

While the name Lee Ellis was once synonymous with F.E.E.D. TX‘s Liberty Kitchen conglomerate, the bearded restaurant dynamo recently graduated to a company of his own — Cherry Pie Hospitality. Named for Ellis’ favorite pie flavor, the newly formed restaurant group touts West Alabama bakery Petite Sweets and Ellis’ namesake eatery Lee’s Fried Chicken and Donuts as its first entities.

The two restaurants will soon be in the company of a third concept: Ellis has partnered with Anthony Calleo‘s Pi Pizza truck to launch Pi’s first brick-and-mortar location under the CPH umbrella.

The new pizzeria will abandon the truck’s weekly rotating menu for a more standard carte du jour (watch for seasonal rotations) of Calleo’s signature specialty pizzas — featuring some of the truck’s most famed concoctions, including its beloved Soppressata Rolls — alongside an array of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and desserts.

Laurie Harvey, Cherry Pie’s beverage director, will help concoct an evolving program, which will feature frozen cocktails, craft beer and draft wine.

Pi Pizza is slated to open this summer at 181 Heights Boulevard.

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