A mid-January opening of Hot Lips Pizza Hollywood in the former Pal’s Shanty space on Northeast Sandy Boulevard just west of 47th Avenue was done with little fanfare. Early customers found the space much larger than the 30-year-old chain’s other stores in Hawthorne, Portland State University, Pearl, Civic and Concordia neighborhoods. The Hollywood store carries all pizza varieties featured at other stores, including gluten-free pizza.
“The opening of our Hollywood location is really a boon to all our east-side customers,” said co-owner David Yudkin in a news release, “Its placement between our Hawthorne and Killingsworth restaurants has allowed us to expand their delivery areas, so we can take fresh, hot pizza right to the doorsteps of neighborhoods we weren’t able to reach before.”
The restaurant was completely rebuilt after an arson fire gutted the former Pal’s Shanty Tavern. A more-than-a-century-old White River Flour mural, only revealed after the fire, was preserved and is a primary feature of the dining area decor.
Hot Lips currently employs 160 in its six pizza restaurants, a commissary kitchen, a craft soda-brewing operation and off-site catering event businesses.