Italian eatery coming to downtown Macon

A new restaurant is moving to the alley.

Macon Pizza in the Alley is going in the former Spaghetti Alley restaurant space at 575 Mulberry St. Lane in Macon. Spaghetti Alley, which opened in 2007, closed about two weeks ago.

Business partners Ron Fradeneck and Sara Spelts have bought the business from Gene Dunwody Jr. and Tony Long. The grand opening is planned for Aug. 7.

Fradeneck, who works for a defense contractor in Warner Robins, said he is handling the business, payroll and accounting side of the restaurant while Spelts, a former restaurateur, will be involved in the day-to-day restaurant operation.

Renovations are under way, mostly in the kitchen, where pizza ovens will be installed, Fradeneck said. A grill also will be added for cheese steaks and hot subs.

“We’ll do pizza and traditional Italian (such as) lasagna, pasta and calzones,” Fradeneck said. The eatery will include “some crowd pleasers they had” at Spaghetti Alley. “We will be making our own dough for pizza, which will be New York style with thin crust.”

This will be the fourth restaurant at the spot since 2006, but Fradeneck said he’s not worried.

“I think the location is good,” he said. “I think the menu and prices we are going to have will be affordable to the average family and individuals who just want to go to downtown Macon and have a nice, traditional Italian meal or pizza and a drink, and go home with change in their pocket.”

Dunwody, an architect with Dunwody/Beeland Architects Inc., said he feels good about the new concept.

“We opened that restaurant with plans to get an owner/operator,” he said. “We feel super excited (about the new owners’ plans). I need to focus on what I do, and it gets another person downtown.”

Dunwody and Long will remain involved during a transition phase, Fradeneck said.

“We created a joint venture that will be good about six months,” Fradeneck said.

The restaurant will be casual dining. It is expected to be open for lunch and dinner 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Saturday, he said. Delivery service is expected to be available to downtown businesses through midnight.

To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.