LoPiez Serves The Pizza and The Quad Cities Community
Last week, a feature from Oh Sweet by Tiphanie sent us in the direction LoPiez for our next stop.
Like any business, there are challenges, but these guys have overcome some serious adversity in the three years they have been open.
For starters, their original opening date had to be moved, because of the collapse of the floodwall in 2019 bringing the Mississippi River into their store.
But, they overcame this to build the cool atmosphere we know and love today.
Everything was going smooth for about a year, until the COVID-19 pandemic all but shut down the restaurant business, except for pickup and delivery - and luckily for LoPiez, the one thing people will regularly order home is pizza, and boy do they have that.
LoPiez offers pizza in 10 and 20-inch sizes, calzones, and plenty of appetizers.
In the time the store has been open, they've opened three locations - 3rd Street in Davenport; Inside of Analog II in Downtown Moline, and a to-go location on Brady Street and East 29th.
Serving what they call "Rock & Roll New York Style Pizza by the Slice," LoPiez has also been a huge supporter of the arts around the Quad Cities.
Every month, the restaurant features an "Artist of the Month," where they select local musicians and artists, who come in and help create their own specialty pizza.
For the month of September, the featured artist was Solomon Tupu, who is a Midwest wrestler who goes by "The Samoan Hellraiser" and the "Dragon of the Pacific." The featured pizza was named after his moniker, "Dragon of the Pacific."
It featured teriyaki chicken, fresh mozzarella, green peppers, and bacon.
The featured pizza is displayed on a chalkboard in the restaurant, typically accompanied by appropriate artwork.
On top of their full-service bar that specializes in Mezcal Tequila drinks - LoPiez is open late for you to stop by for some pizza after a night out downtown.
They're open every day but Monday, because nobody likes Monday, and they're open until 10pm on weekdays and 11pm on weekends.
Inside the store, you'll notice a lot of stickers.
Andrew Lopez, owner of the joint, told us they allow people to come and share their stickers with them, and they've begun to take over as decor.
LoPiez's love for stickers has spread outside of their restaurant. In 2021, they started the downtown Davenport sticker war that took place on the fence of Devon's Complaint Department, just down the road from them.
Today, the fence is plastered with stickers from all kinds of local businesses, musicians, artists, and occasionally stickers people bring home from vacation.