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Pierogi Mountain Moving into Former Grass Skirt Space Downtown

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Pierogi Mountain is moving into its very own space, taking over the former home of Grass Skirt Tiki Room at 105 N. Grant Ave. Downtown.

“It’s time that we moved out of mom and dad’s house and got our own space,” says Co-Owner Matt Majesky.

Pierogi Mountain wrapped up a roughly year-run at Wunderbar in German Village March 23, closing just days after the statewide dine-in shutdown was issued due to the coronavirus pandemic. They continued to serve at their Cafe Bourbon Street location, 2216 Summit St., winding down on April 28 to take a step back and plan for the future of the company.

Majesky and Co-Owner Charlie Greene knew the writing was on the wall at Wunderbar back in December. Being a tenant kitchen and confined to window service only allowed them so much room to grow and so much control over what they could offer.

Majesky says despite the uncertainty the coronavirus pandemic has brought, taking control and finding their own space was the one thing Pierogi Mountain could move forward with that would allow them to know they have a future.

They’re leaving some flexibility for what exactly Pierogi Mountain Downtown will look like. Since the location already housed a restaurant, there’s minimal renovations to be done to the 2,450 square foot space. The patio and the parking lot also sold them on the location.

They have an idea of what they’d like to do had there not been a global pandemic, but instead will use the coming months to get the space ready and learn from other restaurants about best practices in the age of coronavirus.

Pierogi Mountain will have a bar, and work on the drinks program is already underway. The owners are aiming for early August to be open in some form or another, with the goal of creating a welcoming space where patrons can sit back, relax and have a few drinks.

Having their own large, dedicated kitchen space also means the possible return of Pierogi Mountain at local grocery stores. When the brand first launched, their pierogi were stocked at spots like Hills and Weilands, and although Majesky says it’s a work in progress, they hope to be back in stores by the end of the year.

As for their future at Cafe Bourbon Street, the owners say things are uncertain. Most of their business is based on live entertainment coming in – which continues to be at a standstill due to the pandemic. However, if they can find a way forward, they’d like Pierogi Mountain to have a future there.

For more information, visit facebook.com/PierogiMountain.

Photo by Sally Wenxin Xia
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