Owners Jennifer Febre-Boase and Alastair Boase of MacLeod Ale Brewing are on the move again, this time taking over a warehouse space next door to their Van Nuys craft beer brewery. The plan is to expand their beer operation while also repurposing part of the facility to serve as a small kitchen, complete with a takeaway window selling pizza and salads. This won’t be the kind of full-service offering found at the couple’s upcoming MacLeod Ale and Pie Emporium in Sherman Oaks, but rather a simple service window for cranking out pies to service the brewery.
The new takeaway is not a huge stretch for chef Bruce Hall, who was hired by MacLeod’s owners to make traditional British pies at the upcoming Emporium. Hall spent years cooking across the greater British Isles, perfecting Scotch eggs and Cornish pasties, but has of late been taking a deep dive into the more American-friendly world of pizza. It’s simple, with six one-sized pizzas and salads.
The new window is directly next door to MacLeod Ale, and will serve drinkers at the tasting room as well as locals. If anything, the pizza is simply an added food option for the brewery, as food trucks and barbecue pop-ups will still make their regular rounds. Still, the addition of pizza is a good move for the neighborhood at large, and comes on the heels of several other prominent pizza openings of late, including chef Steve Samson’s popular new SuperFine and Lupetti Pizzeria, which just debuted over the weekend in the Arts District.
MacLeod Ale. 14749 Calvert Street, Van Nuys, CA