John's Pizzeria

Times Square

Challenge

A century-old former tabernacle church sat abandoned and dilapidated in the heart of the Times Square area. John’s Pizzeria, with roots in Greenwich Village since 1929, saw an opportunity to expand and revitalize this space as a “cathedral” for pizza.

A site nested in the center of the block away from the street and devoid of storefront access, rotting beams, no heat or plumbing, graffiti-strewn walls, a flowing stream in the basement, and sloping floors for theater-like seating, were among the significant structural challenges inherent in creating a great restaurant space.