A new food truck, named Last Call Pizza, where wood-fired, brick oven pizza is served, made its grand-opening night in Uptown Greenville on Nov. 6, and will continue to operate during weekends around the downtown area.
Last Call Pizza set up for the night at University Auto Care parking lot, located at 1101 E Fifth St. on Nov. 6. The food truck advertised its opening through it’s Instagram page @last_call_pizza.
Will Bell, one of the co-owners and operators of Last Call Pizza, said he felt there was a lack of late night food choices in the downtown Greenville area for students. He said he believed there to be a niche market in the late night scene.
“(I am) Trying to bring a different concept to downtown Greenville that hasn’t been there before, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to leverage some of the experience I have in the restaurant and food and beverage industry,” Bell said.
The Health Department had been a big issue in getting Last Call Pizza up and running due to the spread of COVID-19, according to Bell. He said certain aspects of the trailer being used as the food truck needed to be updated to reach health codes. COVID-19 and understaffing was a reason the health department had taken a longer time to regulate Last Call Pizza, Bell said.
As restaurants continue to operate at a reduced capacity, Bell said this may turn out to be good for food trucks. He said people will be more drawn to the openness and takeout options of food trucks as the restaurants have limited seating.
“I would say everything we serve is made from scratch. We make our own dough (and) we make our own sauce. There are over 20 ingredients in our sauce and over 15 ingredients in our dough,” Bell said.
Max Joyner is the other co-owner and operator of Last Call Pizza. Joyner said as a Greenville native himself, he enjoys going downtown and over the years he realized there are not many late night pizza places.
Last Call Pizza’s brick oven, wood-fired pizzas are what make Last Call Pizza different from most if not all other places in downtown Greenville, according to Joyner. He said he wants to be able to give Greenville residents a quality product for an affordable price and that he believes that Last Call Pizza will do that.
“We are excited to not only start our own small business here and be a small business here in Greenville, we are happy to join a community and group of small businesses that makes Greenville what it is,” Joyner said.
Sophomore speech and hearing sciences major at ECU, Malak Abulabda, went to the food truck’s opening night and said she recommends other people to check it out.
Abulabda said she wanted to visit Last Call Pizza after one of her friends let her know about it via instagram.
“It’s a Friday afternoon, so I figured why not go support (it). The pizza’s awesome and I would recommend (it) to my friends for sure,” Abulabda said.
With flavors ranging from buffalo chicken dip to pepperoni, customers have some options to choose between, according to Abulabda. She said she enjoys checking out food truck offerings.
Abulabda said she enjoyed how fresh the pizza was and appreciated the service Last Call Pizza offered during her first-time visit.
“You can never go wrong with pizza, but pizza lovers can taste the difference between good pizza and great pizza,” Abulabda said. “I wasn’t disappointed by Last Call (Pizza) whatsoever.”