BBQ, chicken, onion, cheddar and cilantro pizza.

BBQ, chicken, onion, cheddar and cilantro pizza.

Neighborhood pizza joint Atomic Pie, which closed while undergoing upgrades, is once again open for carry-out business.

We told you last summer that the restaurant was expanding, with plans to add a full bar, more dining area and a private party room. The new addition incorporates the empty space east of and adjacent to the existing restaurant at Walnut Hill and Audelia. A new investor helped make it all possible,  and a partnership with Lake Highlands Creamery, which will occupy a portion of the 4,600 square feet doesn’t hurt.

“At Atomic Pie, they’ve built the delivery and carry out business, but we want to capitalize on the dine-in and bar. We envision end-of-year soccer parties in the party room where you have 13 kids and all the parents. Plus, you can have Lake Highlands Creamery ice cream for dessert,” said new investor White Rock Valley resident Tom Goodale at the time.

Atomic Pie first opened in 2011. Owner Tim Cole had been in the pizza business for 35 years, having previously worked with Campisi’s.

At the time, it was risky business — Lake Highlands has a “lot of roofs but not much retail” or restaurants, Cole said when we reviewed the restaurant in 2012. But these days Atomic Pie and Lake Highlands Creamery are in good company, with fresh Neighbors Casual Kitchen and tasty Resident Taqueria across the street.

For the time being, Atomic Pie is open 4-9 p.m. and just for pick-ups. Owners say full service will resume soon.

Here’s what they posted on Facebook several weeks ago, regarding the delay.

“Please don’t give up on us yet. Our re-opening date has been pushed back a little further, so it may be mid to late March before we put things back together. But it’s going to be worth waiting for. Our new managing partners, Tom Goodale, and Ryan Nicholson have been working hard to help put together a fresh new concept for Atomic Pie. We think we have a well balanced menu and atmosphere that the neighborhood will be proud of. We are also looking forward to seeing those familiar faces in here again, so see you soon.”

Menu and ordering information here on their website.