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Roy Choi Is Officially in the Koreatown Pizza Slice Business

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The Kogi creator unveiled his new slice shop over the weekend

Pot Pizza Joint
Pot Pizza Joint
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Koreatown favorite Roy Choi is back at it with his new Pot Pizza Joint, a hybrid slice shop doing big, thin pies for the masses. He officially unveiled the big, foldable slices last Friday, and will be running the pop-up every weekend for a while.

Choi has been teasing Pot Pizza Joint for a little while now, showing off slices on Instagram and Twitter. The wide square pieces often feature those prized curled pepperoni cups, along with loads of blistery cheese. Choi himself says the slices are a mix between the crispy edges and baked-on cheese appeal of a Detroit slice, the foldability and thin bottom of a New York City slice, and the flavors and approachability of any restaurant in Los Angeles.

Fans lined up on Friday night for the first reveal of Pot Pizza Joint, with a queue running out the front door onto Wilshire Boulevard well before the 6 p.m. start time. Choi himself was on hand to deliver slices, as customers grabbed slices from the Pot Cafe counter in the lobby of Koreatown’s Line Hotel before retreating to a seat in the booths at the back. The popular Pot Lobby Bar sits just beyond that and carries a weekend crowd of its own, so it will be interesting to see how the two big groups get along under one small roof.

Pot Pizza Joint officially opens this Friday at 6 p.m., and runs Fridays and Saturdays only until late, or until the slices are all gone. Knowing the sort of crowds that Choi tends to harness, expect an empty pizza case nightly.