You Want Pizza With Those Pants?

Bedford Square is remaking downtown Westport.

And Urban Outfitters — across the street on Church Lane — is remaking itself.

The hipster-ish retailer — whose shares have plunged more than 50% since March — has just bought a restaurant group. Vetri Family is best known for Pizzeria Vetri. Food and Wine Magazine recently called it the best pizza place in the country.

The Vetri group plans to integrate restaurants and/or coffee shops in at least 3 Urban Outfitters locations: Herald Square; Austin, Texas — and Westport.

“Spending on casual dining is expanding rapidly, and thus, we believe there is tremendous opportunity to expand the Pizzeria Vetri concept,” says Urban Outfitters CEO Richard Hayne.

Investors were not impressed. Urban Outfitters shares dropped another 7.5% yesterday.

Coming soon: a new eatery inside?

Coming soon: a new eatery inside?

6 responses to “You Want Pizza With Those Pants?

  1. Carol Lupo-Simek

    Sorry, I’m on Team Westport Pizza!

  2. As a Philadelphian transplant to Westport five years ago one of the things we miss most is going to all of Marc Vetri’s restaurants around Philly.
    Having any of his stellar restaurants here in town would make this town an even better place than it is already!

    FYI, his namesake and first restaurant, Vetri, is by far his most well-known and well-reviewed restaurants, and not included in the sale to URBN, not Vetri Pizzeria- but any of his food would be most welcomed here even while trying on clothes!

  3. Beth Orlan Berkowitz

    I’m sorry, maybe this would be a good idea if their urban outfitters store was not right next to Westport Pizza. WESTPORT PIZZA is one of the few mom and pop stores still in downtown Westport and had to move from Main Street to allow more chains in that space! Urban Outfitters decline is due to their failure to buy new and interesting good quality clothes and price them affordably. After you buy several outfits there they all look the same and you see yourself coming and going because they don’t have enough different clothes that look good on to keep on buying. They need new buyers for the chain and that would increase their sales and profits. Not a pizza place inside the retail store right next to the best pizza place in WESTPORT!

  4. Urban Outfitters owns Anthropologie. Anthropologie will be the major tenant in Bedford Square. Maybe that’s how they plan on introducing their new food and beverage offering.

  5. Jill Turner Odice

    Sorry, but Westport Pizza is the stuff dreams and memories of growing up in Westport are about 🙂

  6. Urban will be bankrupt in less than 2 years !!!!