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Piada Italian Street Food: A New Concept in South Tyler


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Piada Italian Street Food will debut its first East Texas location in Tyler, Texas in early 2017.

The 2,416-square-foot fast casual restaurant, located off Highway 69 S, across from Faulkner Park at 8942 S. Broadway Ave., Ste. #140, will be Piada’s first in East Texas, and the seventh Texas-wide. The Tyler location will seat 60 guests comfortably inside the restaurant and will feature light-filled interiors and modern, European-inspired décor with design elements including warm-stained concrete floors, crisp LED lighting, and handmade white oak furniture, plus Carrara marble, brushed aluminum, painted brick, and subway tile accents. Piada CEO Chris Doody is thrilled to be opening his first restaurant in east Texas. “We’re excited to bring a fresh, modern Italian concept to the fast-growing community of Tyler, a major east Texas hub,” said Doody. “We invite Tyler area residents to sign up for a special VIP sneak peek of the restaurant ahead of its official opening.”

piada-italian-street-food-tyler-txIn addition, the namesake Piada is a thin crust, handmade dough, which is baked on a stone grill, filled with specialty items and then rolled as guests watch the entire process. Guests can enjoy other entrees including pasta bowls and chopped salads. Each is comprised of a grill item, cheese, and vegetables. Diners can choose from three signatures per category, such as the Chef’s Favorite Piada with spicy Diavolo sauce, romaine, sweet and spicy peppers, mozzarella, and shaved and creamy parmesan, basil pesto pasta with parmesan Alfredo, sundried tomatoes, and freshly grated parmesan, as well as the balsamic salad with spinach, shaved napa and red cabbage, feta, bruschetta tomatoes, red onions, spiced pecans, Granny Smith apples, and balsamic dressing – all customizable with an added protein. Grill selections range from all-natural rosemary, garlic, and lemon chicken to spicy Italian sausage with fennel and herbs, and salmon prepared with lemon and olive oil, while toppings span artichokes to black olives.

The made-to-order menu also features seasonal specials. Try the Fall Steak Avocado Piada, which is hand-rolled with grilled steak, arugula, pancetta, avocado, fresh mozzarella, spicy balsamic aioli, pepitas, and roasted butternut squash, or the Harvest Grain and Apple Salad with crispy chicken fritte, mixed field greens, crumbled feta, Granny Smith apples, pepitas, and the Harvest Grain Seasonal Side with dried cranberries, spiced pecans, and roasted butternut squash tossed with lemon basil dressing.

Entrees are complemented by sides including tomato basil and lobster bisque soups, two kinds of hand-rolled breadsticks – Parmigiano-Reggiano and pepperoni served with a creamy parmesan dipping sauce – and decadent Cannoli Chips dessert incorporating crispy, rolled Italian cookies lightly tossed in powdered sugar and accompanied by chocolate chip cream icing. Beverage service showcases Italian sodas and teas alongside Acqua Panna and San Pellegrino waters. A kid’s menu is also available.

Piada Italian Street Food began as an idea scribbled on a napkin during a visit to Rimini, Italy. Their Chefs found “distinct charm in the family operated food carts and corner markets scattered throughout the streets of the city where the aroma of fresh basil, hand-crafted cured meats, and homemade cheeses saturated the air. This trip began their obsession…inspiration…mission to bring this experience back to the United States.”

They opened the first Piada restaurant in 2010 with a mission to create fresh, modern Italian food focused on the preparation of high quality ingredients and attention to simplistic cooking. Today’s consumers are looking for healthier, better quality food with convenient, fast delivery to accommodate their hectic lifestyles. Piada was created with the belief that you don’t have to sacrifice quality and flavor for speed and value.

Service will be provided continuously 10:45am-10pm seven days a week, and catering will also be available. For more info and to sign up for a chance to attend Piada’s Tyler Pre-Opening VIP week, go to You can also like Piada on Facebook @piadaitalianstreetfood, follow on Twitter @mypiada, and Instagram @piadaitalianstreetfood.

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Downtown Tyler

Eat & Drink Local: Who is Open, Their Menus & More

Welcome to‘s new#EatLocalTyler page!

Currently, you can dine-in in limited areas, order take out at the curbside, go through the drive-thru from some local restaurants, and get delivery from a variety of services.

And thanks to Governor Abbott, restaurants can continue to sell alcohol to go!

Links to restaurant’s new condensed menus, websites for ordering, phone numbers, and what is available (delivery, drive-thru, curbside, etc…), and if they have opened their dining rooms are all posted below in a convenient and easy to use format.

Check back often, this list changes hourly!

To add your restaurant or report any changes or additions, email

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Downtown Tyler

Foodie Events: Yum Yum Fun

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Tyler and Northeastern Texas is a food lover’s paradise with an elaborate selection of cuisine types to cooking classes to the wonderful Farmer’s Market. Check out these events going on:

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Resources for Assistance for Musicians, Artists plus Bartenders


During these uncertain times, many entrepreneurs and small businesses are struggling to stay afloat, compensate employees, and pay rent. Local, state and federal governments, as well as some non-governmental organizations, have been working to collect and disperse funding and assistance for small businesses and members of the workforce who have been hit with unexpected losses and expenses due to the global epidemic. Here are a few available resources that businesses, organizations and artists can take advantage of.


With many states putting stay-at-home orders in place, thousands of concerts, shows, festivals and gatherings have been postponed or canceled altogether. Our team found a few resources for artists and musicians who are in need of help due to lost income from the COVID-19 crisis.

For musicians specifically, nonprofit organization, Sweet Relief, is offering a creative way for artists to raise funds for themselves and others. Additionally, the Musicians Foundation is dispersing grants for qualifying individuals in need of assistance. This is a micro-grant through which the foundation will pay the musician’s expenses directly. No checks will be written to the musician.

One of our experts found this information on the National Chamber of Commerce website. We are hopeful that more resources will be coming available soon.


Another industry that has taken a huge economic hit from the COVID-19 crisis is bars and nightclubs. The USBG National Charity Foundation created the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program (BEAP) to provide grant assistance for qualifying individuals. Check to see if you are eligible for BEAP by visiting their website. If you are a bartender, the spouse of a bartender, or a child of a bartender, and have lost income due to the current global epidemic, you may qualify for this grant.


This program is designed for majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits with annual revenues less than $5 million and with fewer than 50 individuals on staff. Qualifying businesses must be in good standing and incorporated as a legal entity and be able to demonstrate that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing hardship.

Between May and September, GlobalGiving, via the Red Backpack Fund, will award at least 1,000 emergency assistance grants to majority women-owned businesses and nonprofits in the United States. Each grant will be $5,000.

Enrollment is now open and the first round of applications will be accepted now through 11:59 p.m. ET, Sunday, April 12, or until 5,000 applications have been received, whichever happens first. Each month, they will be accepting additional applications. The portal will open for applications on May 4, June 1, July 6, and August 3.


The Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) application has been released and is now open for enrollment. The PPP is a provision of the CARES Act, and offers forgivable low-interest loans to small businesses facing uncertainty during the COVID-19 emergency. This plan was created to enable small businesses to retain workers, maintain payroll, and cover certain other existing overhead costs. If you are interested in applying for this program, we advise you to work with your local lender to see if and when they are accepting applications and what their process will be.


This is a statewide program offering Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs). If you are a small business owner, operator of a nonprofit organization, a homeowner or a renter, you may qualify for this loan offers by the Small Business Administration. EIDLs are intended to provide necessary working capital to help small businesses continue to operate until economic conditions return to [a new] normal. You can find more detailed information about this loan, including terms, rates and qualification criteria, by clicking here.

If you qualify for this loan and decide to apply, we advise you to start collecting your paperwork. The more detailed information you’re able to provide within your application, the more likely you will be to receive the loan. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the sources listed in the resources mentioned above.

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