Released on: February 19, 2015, 3:13 am (EST)
Industry: Food & Beverage

South Miami, Fla, February 19, 2015 -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Sprouting this month, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, originators of Classic Southern Pizza, will bring its eclectic brand of craft pizza, craft beer and craft cocktails to South Miami’s Shops at Sunset Place. This family-owned franchise—led by Vincent Landis, former Chief of Police of South Miami; wife Judy; and son Grady—will boast a contemporary-bohemian interior and a whimsical, family-friendly environment, complete with local art pieces, 52 draft beers, a full bar and menu items that nod to the Landis family’s Miami roots. Opening to the public Monday, Feb. 23, Mellow Mushroom South Miami will seek to bring a “higher order of pizza” to the local community, boasting fresh, premium ingredients; healthy options; and a quirky take on the Italian favorite.

“I was born and raised in Miami and have lived here all my life,” says Vincent. “My family opened a Mellow Mushroom in Athens, Ga., years ago, and we jumped at the opportunity to launch a second one in our own backyard—particularly in a community like South Miami, where I served as chief of police and have come to truly love.”

Adds Grady: “South Miami is the perfect fit for Mellow Mushroom. It’s a close-knit town with a great community, and we know University of Miami college students, area families, executives, tourists and more are all going to love the fresh, high-quality pizza and cuisine what we’re serving up at Mellow.”

Special features of Mellow Mushroom South Miami, which spans 6,500 square feet, will include the area’s first color-changing neon sign, boasting a rainbow of 15 different colors; an open kitchen; an expansive indoor wall mural by a local artist; and a colorful 6-foot-high sculpture of Mel, the restaurant’s mushroom mascot, with a Cuban guayabera shirt, fedora and cigar.

Known for premium ingredients and components made in house daily, the Mellow Mushroom menu centers on stone-baked pizzas made to order, including the signature Magical Mystery Tour pizza, a pesto base with button and Portobello mushrooms, fet and mozzarella cheeses, spinach and jalapeños on a pesto basted crust; the Mighty Meaty, a red sauce base with mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, ground beef, ham and Applewood smoked bacon; and the Kosmic Karma, a red sauce base with feta and mozzarella cheeses, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and Roma tomatoes with a pesto swirl. Guests will also be able to design their own pizzas and calzones.

Mellow Mushroom sources the best possible ingredients for their signature Mellow dough, including the finest variety of high protein, unbleached wheat flour, Appalachian spring water and no refined white sugar. Their mozzarella is made partially with skim milk; their sauce has no additives or preservatives; and their chicken, steak and shrimp are 100 percent all-natural with no additives, preservatives, hormones or steroids.

Appetizers, or “Munchies,” include Oven Roasted Wings, Bruschetta, Hummus and Spinach Artichoke Dip, while hoagies, featuring Boars Head meats, range from the signature Mushroom Club and Righteous Portobello Reuben to the traditional Italian and Meatball subs. Desserts feature a baked-to-order Giant Gourmet Cookie and Latin specialties like Flan and Tres Leches.

Healthy options abound, including salads and build-your-own salads; vegetarian options; gluten-free pizza crust; the option of Daiya vegan cheese; and Tofu and Tempeh hoagies. In fact, Mellow Mushroom South Miami has no fryers in house and produce will be delivered fresh daily.

What goes with pizza better than beer? Craft beer—and Mellow Mushroom will offer a diverse variety, with 52 drafts and additional canned and bottled beers, including many Florida breweries. Guests may even opt to sit at the self-serve tap table, seating 10, where they can pour their own beers from four taps featuring local brews—the only table of its kind in South Miami and at any Mellow Mushroom franchise. The beverage program will also include specialty craft cocktails made to order with organic juices and fresh components, including a tableside Mojito service where guests can watch their classic Cuban cocktail being created before their very eyes.

On the dining side of the restaurant, seating options will include tables, booths and a communal table seating 20. On the bar side, guests will be able to choose from 20 bar seats as well as high-top tables and high-top booths while enjoying 20 large flat-screen TVs broadcasting NFL Ticket, College Gameday, soccer and more. Outdoor seating will also be available on the patio.

Mellow Mushroom South Miami is located at 5701 Sunset Drive, Suite 102, The Shops at Sunset Place, South Miami, about two blocks from the University of Miami. Hours of operation are Sunday through Tuesday, 11 a.m. to midnight and Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. For more information, call 305-667-3274 or visit

About Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers ( was founded in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. This franchise, operated under Home-Grown Industries of Georgia, Inc., is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For 41 years, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has been serving up fresh, stone-baked pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled, and family-friendly environment. Each Mellow is locally owned and operated and provides a unique feel focused around great customer service and high-quality food. For more information on Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter at, and follow us on Pinterest at

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