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Italian eatery opening pasta shop in Wash Park as it expands next door

Italian Eatery Opening Pasta Shop In Wash Park As It Expands Next Door

A local Italian restaurant wants to give its customers the opportunity to make their own pasta dishes at home.

Restaurant Olivia, which opened in January 2020 at 290 S. in Wash Park. Downing St., is preparing to expand into an adjacent 1,000-square-foot space at 284 S. Downing St., formerly home to an Aveda hair salon.

Co-owner and beverage director Austin Carson told BusinessDay that the restaurant is looking to expand its dining space and also plans to use a third of the space to open a pasta shop during the day.

“We were in Italy last year and saw a lot of pasta shops, which is kind of where the idea came from,” Carson said. “We also needed a place to increase pasta production, but at night we would add extra seating for the restaurant.”

The pasta shop, tentatively named PS Olivia, will sell a proprietary blend of hand-filled and extruded pasta, sauces, pasta equipment, restaurant flours and bottles of wine. Carson and his co-owners, Heather Morrison, and executive chef Ty Lyons, plan to open it in the fall.

Restaurant Olivia, which now seats about 25 in its 1,388-square-foot space, will double its seating capacity with the new expansion.

“We were basically looking for another place before our landlord presented us with this opportunity,” Carson said. “We are really lucky that demand exceeds supply right now, and we need to increase pasta production. So, having it in the same building makes more sense than coordinating between two different restaurant entities. “

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