Salvation Pizza to open second location on Rainey Street in December

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An asparagus, bacon, jalapeno pizza made by Salvation Pizza's Michael Dinsmore in 2007 at the restaurant on W. 34th St. (Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
An asparagus, bacon, jalapeno pizza made by Salvation Pizza's Michael Dinsmore in 2007 at the restaurant on W. 34th St. (Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

An asparagus, bacon, jalapeno pizza made by Salvation Pizza’s Michael Dinsmore in 2007 at the restaurant on W. 34th St. (Rodolfo Gonzalez AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Salvation Pizza will open its second location in December, restaurant owner and co-founder Michael Dinsmore said. The new location will be located at 51 Rainey St. in the evolving nightlife district.

The Rainey Street location, which will feature a full bar, will be open daily for lunch and dinner, with late-night hours on the weekend. Salvation will also institute a state-of-the-art tap system and carry 20 beers on draft and 40 in bottles.

The restaurant, which opened its first location on 34th Street in 2006, serves thin, Connecticut-style pizzas. For those who balk at the term “Connecticut-style,” the New England state was home to some of the first pizzerias in the country.

The style is somewhat similar to New York style, though there is a more savory sauce and thinner crust. One of the defining characteristics of the two: New York dough gets tossed and spun, while the dough for Connecticut-style pizza is pounded on a board.

“If it gets thrown, I yell,” Dinsmore said with a laugh.

The new restaurant, like the original, will offer delivery service, giving Salvation delivery reach into East Austin (north to Manor Road and east to Pleasant Valley Road) and south to Oltorf Street.

Following expansion to Rainey Street, Dinsmore says he plans to open a delivery-focused location on 183 near Northgate next year and a location at the Domain in 2016.

Dinsmore says he chose the changing Rainey Street (which will soon welcome a luxury mixed-use development at its northern end) for his second location because Rainey “is going to be such a vibrant area of the city,” but he says he’s not chasing a trend.

“I want a pizza place that will be around in 40 years,” Dinsmore said.

As part of his commitment to community, the new location will participate in raising money for Glimmer of Hope’s Camp Glimmer program, with fundraising events during the year.


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