LYNN — Bianchi’s, a beloved pizza parlor on Revere Beach, is coming to Lynn.
But Revere beachgoers should rest easy, as the 70-year-old counter-only pizza storefront will stay open at Renzo’s on Revere Beach Boulevard.
The family plans to open a second location on Boston Street in Lynn in two to three months, pending approval from the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, according to Julius Sokol. Sokol is a co-owner of M&M Restaurants LLC, which owns the liquor license for the 829 Boston St. location where Bianchi’s would open.
“They’re Lynn residents,” Sokol said of the Bianchi family. “It’s a great location, right on the Saugus line. There should be a strong demand for pizza.”
It’s been a year of change for Bianchi’s as the shop’s former location farther down on Revere Beach Boulevard shuttered in the fall and is being transformed into a 145-unit apartment development.
M&M Restaurants LLC has a joint partnership with the Bianchi family for the food portion of the future establishment. The company has received approval from the Lynn License Commission for the new Bianchi’s and approval to open a Mexican food restaurant, Marcos Tacos, at the former JD’s Sports Bar at 157 Lewis St.
Nicholas Venezia, co-owner of M&M Restaurants, said opening in Lynn would mark the first time there would be two locations for Bianchi’s. The menu will be simple — there will be pizza with the same toppings used in Revere and small appetizers, such as chicken wings, onion rings, and french fries.
Unlike in Revere, the new Bianchi’s in Lynn won’t be on the beach, but it will be on the water, near the Saugus River, according to Venezia. The Boston Street location was formerly O’Brien’s Pub.
“(The Bianchi family) just thinks, with the amount of support they get in Revere, that another city would be around the same,” Venezia said. “People come from all around the North Shore to get Bianchi’s pizza.”
Plans aren’t finalized for the Mexican restaurant, which is not affiliated with the Bianchi family and is expected to open in the spring, pending liquor license approval from the state. M&M plans to either manage the establishment itself or partner with another chef or restaurant group, according to Sokol.
“We just think there’s a demand for it in that area,” Sokol said. “There’s a flavor to have some upscale Mexican food and a drink program that isn’t really available in Lynn.”
Initially M&M was planning to open up Bianchi’s at the Lewis Street location and Marcos Tacos on Boston Street, but requested a transfer of license from the Lynn License Commission. Venezia said there’s more parking at the spot on Boston Street and it’s a better location to pull in for takeout.