Brother-and-sister team Josh and Stephanie Hershkovitz are transforming Rub, the barbecue place, into Hersh's Pizza and Drinks. Or "de-Texasfying" it, as Stephanie says. They settled on the property, recently vacated by Rub, on Friday.
Chef Josh, who has cooked at Charleston and Petit Louis, will be preparing 12-inch Neopolitan-style pizzas in a wood-burning oven imported from Italy when the restaurant opens in October. Stephanie, a former New York attorney and lover of all things food, will handle the front of the house.
Their menu will also offer homemade pastas and rustic Italian food featuring cured pork products, other items, and lots of vegetables. "What's local, what's fresh," says Josh. "It's the way we like to cook with the best ingredients.
Josh and Stephanie, who grew up in Owings Mills, have wanted to open a restaurant together for a while. They focused on Neopolitan pizza because "we think this type of pizza is underrepresented in the city," Josh says.
They also were drawn to the location at 1843 Light St. since there aren't many restaurants nearby, Josh says. "People are already knocking on the door asking when we'll be open."