(Feb. 12, 2015) -- We head to the Butler-Tarkington neighborhood for this week's Your Town Friday.
Over the last five years, the Reinstom brothers had a lot of success with their Byrne’s Grilled Pizza food truck, so they decided to open up a restaurant at 56th and Illinois back in October.
“We started the food truck. We got paired up with Flat 12 Bierwerks. We started it on a Weber Grill from our parent’s home. It’s just a good homemade quality product, with thin crust, fresh toppings and homemade sauce. We use a custom cheese blend and it’s everything that’s good on a pizza,” said Derek Reinstrom, manager of Byrne’s Grilled Pizza.
“We are a hometown mom and pop pizza place. We’re on 56th and Illinois. We all grew up at 55th and Delaware, which is three blocks away. We make our own dough, we make our own sauce, we have a custom cheese blend, we cook local meats and we do as much in-house as possible. Other than that, it’s a thin crust product pizza and it’s all about the toppings, rather than the dough, but we have both of those things going here!”
When we stopped by, Derek and Adam whipped up a “Hey Zeus,” which is a supreme pizza complete with pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, onions and banana peppers. They also did a “Byrne Specialty” which is a pesto based pizza with spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes, artichoke hearts and ricotta cheese. Everything is fresh, homemade in house and locally sourced.
“We get our meat from Smoking Goose and we throw specials with Kincaid’s meat products, they’re the butcher down the road,” said Derek.
And the guys even made a special FOX59 pizza for us with pepperoni, bacon, peppers and onions! They serve beer and wine, all of the restaurant artwork was done by Adam actually and a fun thing for the kids: you can record your name and height on their “How Tall Are You” wall. And if you’re wondering about the name of the pizza shop, Byrne’s Grilled Pizza, it’s named after their family priest. By the way, they are doing heart shaped pizzas for Valentine’s Day!
“I opened this shop in 1992. It’s a continuation of the original store that was founded in 1840 by my husband’s great-great grandfather downtown in Indianapolis. It was four stories, toys on the top floor and it was quite well-known throughout the country as a fabulous gift store and it was an institution in Indiana,” said Claudia Ryan, owner of Charles Mayer & Company.
Twenty four years ago Claudia Ryan re-opened a smaller version of Charles Mayer & Company in this space at 56th and Illinois. You’ll find all sorts of gifts, jewelry, clothing and baby items but they are really well known for their tabletop place settings.
“It’s taking fashion and maybe putting a scarf on the table. It can be the way you interpret modern or traditional or a color or something that just you love and we have many lines that are mainly for Europe but some are from America as well, like Simon Pierce, that’s hand-blown in Vermont,” said Claudia.
Bridal registries at Charles Mayer are also very popular. Claudia will work with brides and families to pick out unique, beautiful pieces that will last a lifetime.
“We love to work with families or with individuals trying to find a special gift, whether it be a corporate gift, there are always ways to monogram a gift or personalize a gift. There are wonderful lines. I just returned from New York a few days ago, I was in the Atlanta market just recently, sometimes I go to the European market, so I’m always looking for those items that are different but functional but beautiful and beautifully crafted and have quality and will maintain their elegance and their look for many years to come and not something that will flash in the pan,” said Claudia.
And I can’t forget to mention Bella and Charlie, the brother and sister shop dogs who love to greet customers and get a little pat on the head.
“They just humanize the shop. There are some who say - what do you mean you didn’t bring the dogs today?”