A Detroit original will open at the Detroit Zoo on Thursday. Buddy's Pizza will open it's 13th location inside the zoo near the Rackham Fountain at 11 a.m.
It will be open every day throughout the year from 11 a.m. until the zoo closes.
The 5,200-square-foot restaurant will seat 163 guests and offer picturesque views of the fountain, an outdoor patio and rooftop terrace.
It also includes donated and recycled materials, including tables and furnishings built with reclaimed wood, a ceiling feature made of 100-year-old wooden planks from a Michigan barn and two counters built using bowling alley flooring from an old establishment in metro Detroit.
“Since 2011, Buddy’s has been the ‘Proud Pizza Partner of the Detroit Zoo’, which has included assisting with educational opportunities for students and special enrichment experiences with the animals,” said Wes Pikula, Buddy’s Pizza COO. “Having an actual Buddy’s restaurant there is a natural expansion of that partnership and we’re glad to be able to serve more families as they visit our cherished Zoo.”