Dining With Denise Neil

The home of the Wichita pizza too big to fit in your car is closed for a makeover

Dining with Denise: A Wichita gas station pizza tour

Wichita Eagle food writer Denise Neil takes a journey to find out if pizza you buy at a gas station is as good as some tell her it is. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
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Wichita Eagle food writer Denise Neil takes a journey to find out if pizza you buy at a gas station is as good as some tell her it is. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

You’ll have to get your massive, too-big-to-fit-in-your-car pizza somewhere other than Northrock Lanes this week.

The bowling alley’s attached restaurant, the popular AJ’s Sports Grill — home of the 29-inch “Superdome” pizza — is closed through Oct. 14 for renovations, its Facebook page said on Monday.

When it reopens, customers will find a much-improved dining room, said Nick McEwen, the restaurants director of operations.

It’s losing its old carpet, which will be replaced with wood-style flooring, he said. There will also be new chairs, new booths and new bar stools. The dining room also will get new light fixtures and an all-over paint job. Some updates also will happen in the kitchen.

“Being in operation since 1991, you could imagine our work is cut out for us,” McEwen said.

AJ’s is a popular hangout for people who want to watch the game — and it’s best known for its massive Superdome pizza, which weighs about 10 pounds, serves 11 and includes 49 square pieces. It’s so big, it won’t fit out the front door of the restaurant without a serious tilt.

Those who can’t do without their AJ’s for a whole week have another option: There’s also an AJ’s at The Alley, 11413 E. 13th St.

The original Pizza Hut building was moved from one end of Wichita State University to the Innovation Campus where it will become a museum. Pizza Hut co-founder Dan Carney was there with his family to watch.

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