News from my neighborhood.
Allegro Builders will soon begin construction on the two-story structure at 1001 Studewood. The 9,650-square-foot building will house an upscale pizzeria on the ground floor and offices above, including a realty firm and mortgage company. Russo's New York Pizzeria will open in the new building in April.
This is the second commercial development for Allegro, which is known for million-dollar manses designed to look like they were built decades ago.
Built on 25,000 square feet of land, the brick-and-stucco building will have second-story porches and a Craftsman architectural style.
"We tried to give it a period look," said Lambert Arceneaux, Allegro's president. "We went big on porches."
The company also developed and designed 933 Studewood, where it operates its custom-home business above the Glass Wall restaurant.