Beebe’s is now open for business in Long Island City’s Boro Hotel. With its mouthwatering thin-crust Neopolitan-style pizzas, the restaurant is a collaboration between pizza maestro Louis Tomczak and chef George Mandakas. While Tomczak preps the pies, Mandakas prepares the rest of the Italian-inspired menu.
Louis Tomczak is a longtime staple of Brooklyn pizzerias. He began his career making pizzas at a Paulie Gee’s in Brooklyn, later moving on to Pizza Loves Emily on Fulton Street. In 2016, he partnered with Emily Hyland and her husband Matt to open popular Detroit-style pizzeria Emmy Sqaured on Grand Street. The eatery quickly became famous for its mozzarella-drenched square pizzas.
In April 2017, Tomczak and several other investors in Emmy Squared sued the Hylands, claiming that they withheld company profits and opened new branches without consultation. The lawsuit also alleged that the couple used company funds for personal expenses like vacations. After an undisclosed settlement with his former Emmy Squared partners, Tomczak moved on to Beebe’s.
Tomczak decided to debut his new concept at the Boro Hotel, venturing outside of his comfort zone to Queens. With Boro Hotel executive chef George Mandakas taking care of the non-pizza portion of the menu, Tomczak debuted his Neapolitan-influenced pizzas at the end of March.
The new eatery seats around 100 patrons and is also open for breakfast. The pizza menu consists of thin crust pizzas, including a vodka-sauce pizza and a meaty Hot Italian sausage pie. As different vegetables come in season, the restaurant will also add a pesto pizza and a squash pizza to its menu.
Beebe’s menu also boasts traditional pasta dishes like basil-infused spaghetti and rigatoni with pecorino and Parmesan cheese. Appetizers include rosemary-flavored fries and homemade ricotta. Patrons looking for tasty dishes for breakfast can enjoy smoked salmon on toast and warm farro cereal flavored with rosemary honey.