Saturday, April 1, 2017

Current Owners have problems with Kennesaw Building and Zoning Administrator Simmons

In the same building, now revamped is Pisano's Pizza Restaurant, the same owner also has the Kennesaw Doghouse which is located in the space that TJ Bryan's which before that was a Cheesecake themed restaurant.
The more recent owners of Pisano's have had some problems with the Building and Zoning Administrator Daryl Simmons.  Various things involving both locations and more recently a flag issue which resulted in some American Flags (& 1 Italiam one) having to be removed from the Pisano's roof.



There were initially 5-6 US Flags, most had been removed prior to this photo.


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Before we get to the old MKK photos here is a post from The Kennesaw Watch Facebook site:


OPENING A BUSINESS?  AVOID KENNESAW GEORGIA!

Want to open a Business?  Don’t do it in Kennesaw.

Want to fly the American flag?  Don’t do it in Kennesaw

Kennesaw’s hostile attitude towards a local businessman with 2 downtown restaurants has recently come in for some attention.

The owners of Pisano’s Italian Restaurant and the smaller Kennesaw Doghouse have faced intimidation and threats from the Business and Zoning Administrator Daryl Simmons.

The animus seems to go back several years with conflicts and fines for various supposed infractions, for things in existence for years before the current owners took over.

The harassment continues with the Building and Zoning administrator’s usage of the Police and Code Enforcement to bully the restaurant owners over the display of American flags on both establishments.

It is reported that initially both Police Officers and Code Enforcement refused to write citations for the flag issue but it seems that somewhere higher up the food chain the word was put out to issue them.

Pisano’s had displayed 7 US and one Italian flag on their pizza restaurant but Administrator Simmons instructed the Police to cite the restaurant for each flag ($1,250 each violation).

This despite many other Kennesaw businesses displaying flags include the Thrift Store in the same strip mall as the Italian restaurant.  The smaller Doghouse restaurant had displayed 2 flags as far back as May 23, 2015 under the name On A Roll, with the same owners as today.

Indications are that there is some unsavory history here of the Administrator ‘having it in’ for the owners, this going back years, with the latest cheap shot being the flag issue.

The restaurant owners have for the moment taken down the flags at the 2 restaurants and are meeting with an attorney to assist in getting the flags returned to the restaurants.

Long time Kennesaw residents may recall other issues that have been mishandled by the same Building and Zoning administrator, issues that cost the City bad press and money in settlements.

Consider the Cruchelow Pawn Shop* issue where the Administrator issued a business license for a Pawn Shop in a strip mall that had prohibitions against that class of business.  

This got regional bad press for months and the mall owner got a $14,000 monetary settlement.  

More recently you might recall the international bad rap the city got over a zoning screw up involving a Suffa Dawat Mosque (2016)**, that led to demonstrations, bad feelings and another payout of $18,000 when the Mosque filed a Federal suit against the City.

This time around it seems that the Building and Zoning Administrator is using his position to settle some personal score against the restaurant owners.

Far past time for some serious oversight from the mayor and council on this department!


"Suffa Dawat Center, Inc v. City of Kennesaw" 1:14-cv-04110-SCJ



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6/25/16

My Country Kitchen was in this location for 35 years and closed down abruptly Dec. 2, 2011.  It was a good working man's restaurant and they are missed.
Photo:  Dale Cole, Owner













Above Left:  Bill Harris, blog author








Although the property owner had the MCC signs removed immediately, the site was vacant for many months before it was gutted, redone and finally put into service as a pizza restaurant.
  
Below photo from May 28, 2012

Thursday, August 1, 2013


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Located at the corner of Summer Street and Main Street.  The old 'My Country Kitchen', which was in downtown Kennesaw for 35 years, was replaced by a completely refurbished building.  

I pass by there 5-6 times a week, it seems busy at mid-day.

In Dec. 2012 they changed ownership and also the name from Brothers to Pisano's.  There are minor changes in that the seating has been slightly changed and in July some minor tweeks to the outside seating.



You can see 21 reviews on the rating site Urban Spoon, most are from the prior ownership, take a look or post your own via direct link:  http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/9/1719860/restaurant/Atlanta/Pisanos-Pizzeria-And-Italian-Kitchen-Kennesaw 
and see Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/pisanos-new-york-style-pizzeria-and-italian-kitchen-kennesaw

(see new photos below).








Recently added unbrellas for outside dining.


Pisano's Pizza Hours
Mon - Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fri.  - Sat 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sun - 12 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Located at the corner of Summer Street and Main Street.  The old 'My Country Kitchen', which was in downtown Kennesaw for 35 years, was replaced by a completely refurbished building.  

I pass by there 5-6 times a week, it seems busy at mid-day.

In Dec. 2012 they changed ownership and also the name from Brothers to Pisano's.  There are minor changes in that the seating has been slightly changed and in July some minor tweeks to the outside seating.



You can see reviews on the rating site Urban Spoon, most are from the prior ownership, take a look or post your own via direct link:  http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/9/1719860/restaurant/Atlanta/Pisanos-Pizzeria-And-Italian-Kitchen-Kennesaw 
and see Yelp: http://www.yelp.com/biz/pisanos-new-york-style-pizzeria-and-italian-kitchen-kennesaw

(see new photos below).








Recently added unbrellas for outside dining.


Pisano's Pizza Hours
Mon - Thurs 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fri.  - Sat 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sun - 12 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Pisano's replaces Brother's

A slight ownership and name change, from Brother's to Pisano's*.  'New York Style Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen' featuring delivery, take out and catering.

* PISANO'S PIZZERIA, LLC registered 11/16/2012



Located at the corner of Summer Street and Main Street.  The old 'My Country Kitchen', which was in downtown Kennesaw for 35 years, was replaced by a completely refurbished building which Ron King opened as a new sit down restaurant 'Brother's Pizza' and now that has also changed and the ownership and name is changed and is now replaced by new sinage showing 'Pizano's NY Style Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen'.

They have great food and seem to be doing a good volume of business.


The review site 'Yelp' has many reviews of this  restaurant.   Read the comments yourself or add your own at: 

http://www.yelp.com/biz/pisanos-new-york-style-pizzeria-and-italian-kitchen-kennesaw

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BROTHERS PIZZA IS OPEN!

Ownership and name changed in Dec. 2012

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Work continues on new Pizza BrothersRestaurant






Beer and wine to be available with your pizza


MINUTES OF MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL MEETING
CITY OF KENNESAW
Council Chambers
Monday, May 21, 2012
6:30 p.m.

XVI. FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION (Councilmember Bill Thrash)
GINA AULD, Finance Director

A. Consideration for approval of an Alcohol License for Beer, Wine and Sunday
Sales for Brothers Pizza Co, LLC located 2740 Summers Street, Kennesaw,
30144 by applicant Ronald King . . . Mayor Mathews called for a vote on the implied motion to approve the alcohol license for beer, wine and Sunday sales for Brothers Pizza Co., LLC located at 2740 Summers Street, by applicant Ronald King contingent upon the applicant completing and passing the alcohol class on June 6, 2012. Vote taken, approved unanimously, 5-0.

AYES: Councilmembers Duckett, Jenkins, Killingsworth, Thrash and Welsh. Motion carried.


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This will be a sit down Italian pizza restaurant and will be all new inside and out.  Here are a few photos of the ongoing work.











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Shown above in March is the old 'My Country Kitchen' prior to the remodel being done.