Pie in the Sky Pizza is coming to midtown, with plans to renovate the former Longhorn Steakhouse at 110 Lyle Ave.
The store represents a return to Music Row for songwriter Kelly Black. As a former staff writer for Sony, Black used royalties from his songs recorded by Diamond Rio, Joe Diffie and Neal McCoy to open his first family-friendly pizza restaurant in 2001 at 1770 Galleria Blvd. in Cool Springs. He and wife Caroline now have a second store at 6917 Lenox Village Drive.
The Blacks plan to remodel the interior of the former roadhouse-style building and add a patio with garage doors. The third Pie in the Sky will have the signature menu of pizza, wings, sandwiches, pasta and salads and will possibly extend its hours and beer list to accommodate the midtown crowd. The new restaurant is projected to open this fall.