BLOOMINGTON, IL – Flingers Pizza Pub has purchased the location at 1503 E. Vernon Ave. in Bloomington that was previously occupied by Bagelmen’s/Denny’s Doughnuts. A grand opening is currently set for Spring 2015.
The popular dine-in, delivery, and carry-out pizza pub served the Twin Cities for 10 years from its location in Downtown Bloomington before temporarily closing in June 2013 to find a new location.
“Due to amazing support from the community, we started experiencing rapid growth and outgrew that space more quickly than we anticipated,” said owner and Bloomington native Pat Fruin, referring to the original location at 608 N. Main St. “It was my fault that it took a little bit longer than we’d hoped to find a new home, but the Marquardt family has been a tremendous partner during this transition, and we’re thrilled to finally be moving into this great spot. For a lot of reasons, it’s the perfect fit.”
In addition to its larger size, the Vernon site also offers more parking, better restrooms, a bigger oven, and a shorter delivery drive to customers due to its more centralized location. A renovation is also planned which will separate the bar from the dining area and add a new kitchen to the existing building.
“It’ll be a significant upgrade in almost every way,” Fruin said. “We loved being Downtown, but it had its limitations. Our dine-in customers would joke with us that they kind of ‘tolerated’ the building’s drawbacks because they loved the pizza and beer. But now, we’re viewing this as Flingers 2.0, which is the same pizza and craft beer everyone loved, only this time with a much better all-around experience. We’ve grown up.”
Flingers Pizza Pub is best known for its Flinger Rolls, Cheesebombs, specialty pizzas like the SuperFreak, and its commitment to putting a frequently-rotating selection of the highest-rated craft beer on tap. At the time of its temporary closing last June, it was considered one of the best pizzas in Bloomington-Normal and owned some of the highest local pizza ratings on sites like Yelp and Facebook.
“We know we’ll need to earn back our place in everyone’s minds, and that starts with the quality of our pizza,” said Fruin. “But add-in our extended lunch hours, improved dine-in atmosphere, and a few other surprises, and we’re confident Flingers can re-establish itself as a local favorite.”