2013-05-17 / Front Page

Otto Pizza Plans Expansion to South Portland

By Jack Flagler
Staff Writer

After Otto Pizza opened two restaurants on both sides of downtown Portland, the owners of the popular Maine restaurant set their sites on Boston. The Portland-based pizza chain added three more locations in Coolidge Corner, Harvard Square and, last summer, Boston University.

Now, Otto plans to come back to Maine to open its sixth restaurant, this time on the other side of the Casco Bay Bridge. The new Otto Pizza is scheduled to open at 159 Cottage Road in South Portland. 

The property, currently vacant, that may become the new Otto was previously a Getty gas station. It sits on a busy downtown intersection at Cottage Road and Highland Avenue surrounded by the South Portland Public Library, the Holy Cross School and Red’s Dairy Freeze.

Last summer, Kevin Davis, the director of the South Portland Public Library, suggested the city acquire the property to add to the library’s green space. The discussion generated dozens of Facebook comments from community members with ideas, but the city declined to pursue the matter because of environmental concerns.

The South Portland City Council is scheduled to vote to approve the liquor license for Otto at its meeting on Monday, May 20. According to the liquor license application, the restaurant and bar will be open from seven days a week, Sunday through Thursday until 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays until 12 a.m.


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