Georgetown pizza favorite 600 Degrees to open new restaurant in Round Rock

600 Degrees Pizzeria and Drafthouse offers pizza, wings and craft beer at its 124 E. Eighth St. location.

600 Degrees Pizzeria and Drafthouse offers pizza, wings and craft beer at its 124 E. Eighth St. location.

After eyeing the Round Rock area for three years, 600 Degrees Pizzeria and Drafthouse owner Mark Thompson and Mike Chang decided to open a new pizza restaurant at 201 E Main St., Round Rock, in the old location of Svante's Ranch Direct.

The new restaurant, to be called Slap Box Pizzicheria, will open in the span of two and a half to three months, after the two make some changes to the interior space.

The name comes from what Italian immigrants used to call pizzerias in the 1940s; slap box, also a nostalgic term, comes from a dated phrase that Thompson and Chang wants to revive.

"We want to recoin the phrase of 'slap box'," Thompson said. "American kids used to say 'grab a slap box' not 'grab a slice.'"

Slap Box's sauce recipe comes from an 85-year-old recipe from Brooklyn and takes 15-18 hours to make. The bread originates from San Francisco, where Thompson is originally from.

The menu will be the same as the one at 600 Degrees, with the addition of a few more specialty pizzas.

"You can't have a small menu unless you do something extremely crazy," Thompson said of the restaurant's limited, but quality offerings.


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