In fact, it was so well received that Chef Mina and Summers simply couldn’t say goodbye when the calendar turned over into fall. The team announced that Pizza & Burger would become a permanent fixture this past October, completing a conversation that began with a rather simple—and quickly decided—debate.
“We started talking about it,” Mina says “And we kept saying, ‘Wow, we’re going to hate to see it go. But does it really have to go?’”
The answer was a resounding “no.” Were there logistical and intellectual concerns? Of course, but there was simply no denying the perks.
At Michael Mina 74, they were consistently doing 150 to 175 covers at the dinner-only restaurant. That number was roughly double at Pizza & Burger, Mina says. Not to mention, the new concept was also opening for lunch, enjoying around 150 additional covers.
This easily made up for the difference in check average, which dipped from around $100 per person to $35, with a 50/50 split of beverage and food.