The doors of Ingleside Village Pizza in Mercer Village were closed Wednesday, and a gate covered the front of the restaurant.
The pizzeria opened its second location on April 23, 2008, as the pioneer business in Mercer Village.
A sign in the window read: “Closed until beginning of August for menu changes and renovations- Sauced.”
Andrew Collier, franchisee of the eatery, said he is opening a new restaurant that will have a different name.
“I believe it’s going to be (called) Sauced, like as in pizza sauce,” Collier said. “It’s going to be a more expanded menu, but we’ll have pizzas and subs and salads, that kind of thing.”
Tina Dickson, owner of the franchise and the original store on Ingleside Avenue, said Collier’s restaurant will no longer be affiliated with Ingleside Village Pizza.
“They’re going to seek other things,” Dickson said of Collier’s business. “But it’s all agreeable. We’re all ending on good terms. ... They’re going to go a different direction than I want Ingleside Pizza to go.”
J.R. Olive, program coordinator for the College Hill Alliance, said he doesn’t know the details of what is happening to the private business or why, but he thinks the change is positive.
“I think IVP is an iconic pizza place in Macon, but there’s always room for more,” Olive said.
Collier said he hopes to open Sauced for business in early August.
To contact writer Laura Corley, call 744-4382.