‘Thank You Pizza’ Set for Launch at Gore & Union

Evenings at the popular daytime spot Hunnybee Bruncheonette (789 Gore Street) are about to get a lot more interesting as a new, fully licensed operation called Thank You Pizza moves in to sling good drinks and proper pies.

Local hospitality and beer industry veteran Devon Towler (33 Acres, Brassneck, Birds & The Beets, The Magnet) is behind the project and piggybacking on the Hunnybee lease, which gives him Thursday through Sunday nights. There will only be 14 seats due to Covid protocols. Once they get through their first two weeks of sit-down only service I expect a takeout-first posture to likely take hold until herd immunity is a thing.

The chef is Lee Kellough, who was pizzaiolo at Pizzeria Farina for its first three years before moving on to Ask For Luigi and later Gastown’s vibrant Juice Bar pop-up. He’ll be making some seven different pies in a wood-burning oven squeezed inside a fully equipped container kitchen that’s been mounted to the bed of a Peterbilt transport truck. The beer and wine program will be the charge of Juice Bar fixture Siôn Iorwerth. You can preview the menu and tiny but very interesting wine list here.

This is clearly a very solid crew with a pre-existing fanbase and a focus (proper wood-fired pizza paired with beer and wine) that most people can really get behind. In other words, it’s a win for both the bike-busy corner of Gore and Union and the largely restaurant-bereft neighbourhood of Strathcona.

Thank You Pizza will softly open for friends and family tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 11) with regular service to kick off this weekend. Hours will be 4pm until late.

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There are 9 comments

  1. Good luck! Go Dempsey! He comes from a pizza making family so this should work out.

    — Carl from USA

  2. Congratulations! We welcome your business and will support your success here. Thank You Pizza, for bringing joy to Strathcona!

  3. Sorry but how is Chinatown bereft of food or restaurant options? There’s literally 20 places to get food within a 5 minute walk of union and gore

  4. Yes of course, but if you had read the whole sentence to the end you would have seen that I directly reference the residential neighbourhood of Strathcona. That Chinatown is fully loaded is pretty self evident. Strath has very different zoning and has no restaurants save for a couple of hybrids (eg. breweries, markets). The pizzeria is on Strath’s immediate doorstep, hence the reference. Thanks for reading.

  5. I have gone through the menu twice, no small feat!:) The menu is tight, great crew and the pizza is outstanding.

    For this weekend, they are opening and slinging pizza beginning at 3pm.

    Thanks Devon and Lee,


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