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Filos Pizza Opens in Issaquah, Eyes Woodinville for Franchise

Filos Pizza owner Leif Moi has eyes on additional locations in Woodinville and other nearby cities.

Filos Pizza has arrived on the Issaquah Creek.

Though the restaurant is new, it’s also a homecoming for owner Leif Moi, of Redmond. Moi says he helped launch the Jay Berry’s that was located there some 30 years ago, serving as its manager at the tender age of 19.

When Moi, who opened Filos on Redmond Ridge last year, saw the opportunity to buy the business from Field of Champions, he jumped, and has transformed the sports bar into an attractive Italian restaurant overlooking the creek.

“You can look out at the creek and see the salmon,” from the windowside tables, he says.

For Moi, it’s a significant expansion of the business. The Issaquah Creek location, situated at 385 NW Gilman Blvd, can seat about 180 patrons, about three times as many as Filos in Redmond, and has a generous bar and some outdoor seating for those final beautiful fall days.

The restaurant is ready to take on Issaquah Italian dining, with all fresh ingredients for its pizzas, such as the Mustang Pizza—which boasts five kinds of meat—and Fettuccine Carbonara.

“We make everything from scratch,” Moi says, before jokingly admitting that Filos doesn’t actually grow its own veggies.

Moi says he learned from the best, cutting his teeth on cooking at Olympia Pizza on Queen Anne beginning when he was 14 years old.

The restaurant is open for business from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, with later hours on Fridays and Saturdays, and live bluegrass/jazz on Friday nights. It also opens early on Sundays, at 9 a.m., for NFL brunch.

Moi says he’s franchising the business, and currently has his eye out for possible locations in Woodinville, Duvall, and Monroe.

Is there a location you can think of where another pizza restaurant could open in Woodinville? Do you think Woodinville needs more restaurants of this kind? Tell us in comments.

Ann September 17, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I just read their yelp.com reviews for both locations and I'm wondering why they would add a second location if their 1st was so poorly received.
Braunzie September 18, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Well. Jay Berrys used to be in Woodinville and left because of the poor location. A better location is across the street at the old 76 station.
Kathy Stonecipher September 18, 2012 at 04:16 PM
It would be great to have them in Woodinville
Fred October 02, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Tried it Friday night - Good Service - Good Food - Live Music I will definitely be back - I don't think its a bad location. Salmon are running right now.

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