The pandemic has shuttered many businesses, but it has also provided an opportunity for would-be business owners such as Scott Penberthy to secure good lease terms and benefit from the relative ease of securing permits.
Penberthy put in five years at Abbotsford pizza haven Rita's, and has worked at +39 Pizzeria in the city. He's also a member of local band Holy Serpent and wanted his own late-night space that married those two interests.
Four months ago, he found a site on Johnston Street between key music sites the Tote and the Bendigo Hotel, and despite the uncertainty in the industry, he jumped.
He has now opened a low-key pizza parlour (30 seats when restrictions ease) serving thin Neapolitan-style pies on 48-hour fermented bases.
There are a dozen pizzas on the menu, all music-themed. So you'll find the Blue Meanie, featuring mushrooms, blue cheese and basil, and the Meatallica with hot salami, pancetta and leg ham on a red sauce base.
Penberthy has secured outdoor seating for when restrictions lift and will likely expand the offering to include pizza by the slice, bar snacks and drinks beyond the Hawkers beer tinnies and soft drinks he's serving now.
Open Wed-Sun 4pm-late, 115 Johnston Street, Collingwood, 03 85974475. Orders via www.instagram.com/thinslizzypizzeria