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New York Avenue Pizza has opened at 10943 Kingston Pike, the former Josephine’s Pizza location.

“We’re a new name, new owners, the whole business,” owner George Mooers said.

Mooers opened New York Avenue after Josephine’s closed, following that owner’s retirement.

“This is a family friendly business. We like to do things with the kids; we do pizza parties and make-your-own pizzas,” he added.

Because New York Avenue Pizza is family oriented, Mooers said, he serves no alcohol.

That also leads to events with local schools, including providing breakfast after a Farragut High School “lockdown.”

Mooers said he also donates pizzas to Knox Area Rescue Ministries regularly, and has similarly donated pizzas to churches.

“We’re community oriented. … You’ve got to have the community behind you; you can’t do it alone,” he said.

Mooers moved to Knoxville from New York about five years ago to be near family.

“I’ve always liked this area,” Mooers said.

He said the pizzeria, along with his other New York Avenue Pizza location in Oak Ridge, has authentic New York style offerings.

New York Avenue sells pizzas whole and by the slice, as well as pastas and lasagnas and “wedges,” or subs.

“It’s all hand-tossed pizza, all homemade. We’re back to basics here,” Mooers said.

“We make our own New York cheesecake, brownies and cannoli. And we have a great, great Greek salad,” he added.

Mooers said he’d wanted to open another location, but wasn’t interested in franchising.

“This is all family owned. My family runs the other one in Oak Ridge too,” he said.

So why open another store?

“Why not open another one? Everything just fell into place here,” he said.

“It’s a God thing. I give him the glory. That’s really what happened,” he added.

New York Avenue has dine-in space and offers take-out and free delivery.

“They spend enough on their food,” Mooers said about the unique free delivery.

New York Avenue Pizza is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday and from noon to 8 p.m., Sundays.

For more information, call New York Avenue at 865-675-5516.


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