The Loop Pizza Grill's original location in San Marco has undergone an exciting renovation.
The Loop Pizza Grill recently completed a renovation at its original San Marco location, which was opened in 1981.
The San Marco Loop, 2014 San Marco Blvd., is the popular fast-casual chain's first restaurant, opened in 1981. But even as The Loop has grown over the years with other locations, the original is a "home away from home" for many neighborhood locals.
"I'm thrilled our beloved 36-year-old baby has finally gotten its well-deserved facelift," co-founder Terry Schneider says. "Despite the many hurdles we've had to overcome bringing such an old space up to new city codes, we hope our guests will feel it was worth the wait."
The new look blends The Loop's history with a modern aesthetic.
"Visiting the site daily has brought back a lot of nostalgic memories as three different patterns of green and purple wallpaper kept surfacing. The same colors pop up in the new décor with accents of black and white," Terry says. "It's fresh. It's hip. But best of all, brand-new bathrooms."
The new space will also feature three long community tables, great for gathering with potential new friends, neighbors, business associates, teammates or church groups.
Mike Schneider, The Loop's co-founder and president, says the renovation is just another sign of progress for the restaurant.
The original Loop, located in Jacksonville's San Marco Square, is part of the vibrant retail and historical residential area, which has been increasingly popular for those who desire to live, shop, and dine in San Marco.
"For more than three decades, The Loop has enjoyed great success with this location. The San Marco Square continues to offer some of Jacksonville's finest shops and restaurants. Recently, we have seen increased activity within the San Marco Square. All arrows are pointing upward," Mike Schneider says. "There is probably more walkability in the neighborhood and along the Square than anywhere in Jacksonville."
Though The Loop has expanded with many other locations with unique opportunities and layouts, Mike Schneider said the San Marco location is an example of how The Loop concept can work in a small space.
And The Loop's evolution won't stop with the location's renovation.
The chain recently announced it was moving its Avondale location, and it has plans to remodel and open several other Loops this year.
Renovations to the San Marco Loop have taken several weeks, but the restaurant has now reopened.