Pizza Shuttle Opening Later This Month in Crossroads

Pizza Shuttle is taking over the former Art of Pizza space at 1801 Baltimore.

By Kevin Collison

Pizza Shuttle is planning to open later this month at 1801 Baltimore in the Crossroad and its owner believes it already has a Big (12) advantage over the competition.

“You already know Pizza Shuttle if you went to Kansas State, KU and the University of Oklahoma,” said Ryan Wright, citing campus towns where the pizza chain has outlets.

“We’ve had a desire to be in the Crossroads the past couple years.”

The new pizzeria will be taking over the space formerly occupied by Art of Pizza at the corner of 18th and Baltimore. And while it will have competition from several other Crossroads pizza places, Wright is prepared.

“We do a ton of delivery, 60- to 70 percent of our business is delivery and takeout. A lot of the other places focus on the in-store experience.

“We think we’ll be able to offset that by taking down our four walls and going into the neighborhood itself.”

Pizza Shuttle also like to compete on price point, offering a 10-inch pizza with one ingredient and a drink for $6.

This will be the second Pizza Shuttle in the metro, the other being in Overland Park. Wright and his wife Traci purchased Pizza Shuttle in 2018 from its founders, John and Karen Botbyl, who started the business in Lawrence in 1984.

Wright is excited to be joining the Crossroads scene.

“It’s in the heart of Kansas City,” he said. “We’ve lived all over the country and our favorite city is Kansas City. Our brand makes sense in an urban environment.”

Hours will be Sundays through Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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  1. I was just reading an old post from July of last year about a massive development on the Main viaduct between Main and Walnut. What’s the update on that? I love the layout and design. I just moved into the Western Auto building, and would love to see this kind of development in that dead space. Related to that, any updates on the Star building redevelopment (same developer, Vince Bryant)? That place doesn’t look like anything has happened there in a very long time. I passed by the other day and looked in the ground-floor windows, and it doesn’t appear anything has happened inside on that level. I’m wondering if both of them have become pandemic casualties.

    • Wish I could give you definitive answers. I know elements of that large redevelopment project along Main you referred to are working their way through the development agency process, as for when/if construction will begin, don’t know. As for redevelopment of the historic Star building, it does appear work has stalled there. Probably time to reach out to Vince to see if I can get an update. Thanks for reading.

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