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May 29, 2020








Off Main Pizzeria will offer specialty pies like these, or you can build your own. Photo by Matt Ingersoll.

Off Main Pizzeria

An opening date is expected in either late January or early February. Visit the Facebook page or call for updates.
Where: 26 Pleasant St., Concord
Anticipated hours: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Takeout will also be available)
Visit: or call 227-6661

Slices of creativity
Off Main Pizzeria set to open in Concord

By Matt Ingersoll

 For Concord resident and longtime Domino’s Pizza franchise owner Jon Devens, opening his own pizzeria means a new opportunity for people in the Capital City to grab a quick slice of pizza or a salad for lunch downtown — while he gets to cook up his own signature pizza creations.

Pizzas, salads, paninis, house-made desserts and more are going to be available at Off Main Pizzeria, which is on track to open by either late January or early February, according to Devens. He said the vision of the 25-seat pizzeria — which is just off the corner of Main and Pleasant streets — was that of a simple place to either sit down and enjoy a few slices of pizza or grab some on your lunch break.
“I’m not delivering or doing that huge menu that some other pizza places do. No pasta, no fried clam dinners, nothing like that,” Devens said. “I wanted to be sort of on the other side of the fence.”
Devens constructed the menu to include options of ordering pizzas either by the slice or as two sizes of full pies. Pizzas are going to be made with hand-stretched thin crusts, and gluten-free options will also be available. You can either build your own pizza with a variety of sauces, meats, vegetables or cheeses, or choose from nearly two dozen specialty toppings.
There are several familiar favorites — like Buffalo chicken with scallions, cheddar, mozzarella and provolone, or an Italian meat lover’s with pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon and beef — but Devens is also adding to the menu other unique innovative toppings he has made for himself over the years.
“These are all basically pies that I’ve made a variation of at Domino’s Pizza stores for 25 years, for the crew,” he said.
Examples include a pastrami Reuben pizza, made with Russian dressing, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, mozzarella and provolone cheeses; the Jamaican jerk chicken pizza, which will have jerk sauce, grilled chicken, red onions, scallions and roasted red peppers; and a sweet Thai chili pizza which can be ordered with either chicken or steak.
“The jerk chicken one is a pizza I think people will take a bite and be like, ‘Wow, this is good,’” Devens said. “It’s spicy and it’s got a real kind of kick. ... We’re also going to have a Southwest pizza with black beans on it that really makes it.”
Devens said there will be room for even more experimentation with pizza toppings in the future; once the pizzeria opens, you might see recurring specials available that don’t appear in the regular menu.
“I want to do some stuff with some things that are great on pizzas, you know, like asparagus or sweet potatoes,” he said. “Brussels sprouts are also great on pizza. I made a Brussels sprouts and sausage pizza with a little maple drizzle on it that was just awesome.”
In addition to the pizzas, Off Main Pizzeria will also offer Pepsi products for drinks, a small menu of salads like garden, Greek and chicken Caesar, and paninis that are made to order and served on ciabatta rolls. Panini varieties include smoked turkey, bacon and Swiss cheese, roast beef and cheddar, a grilled cheese with applewood smoked bacon, a Philly cheese steak with red onions and green peppers, a Greek veggie panini with garlic hummus, baby spinach, tomatoes, red pepper mayonnaise and more.
“I did paninis too because I thought that pizza and salad alone might have been a little too limiting,” Devens said, “and I also wanted something else I could serve hot.”
Even a rotating selection of a few house-made desserts will be available, like double fudge brownie, gingerbread molasses blondies, butterscotch blondies, raspberry crumble bars and more.
Devens grew up in New York and worked up in the ranks in the pizza business through his college career and beyond, eventually coming to the Granite State to buy his own Domino’s store in the early ’90s in Rochester. He also owned the Milford store for about 15 years before moving up to Concord in 2015.
Last August, he broke ground on the property that would become Off Main Pizzeria, which he said was vacant for at least four years and once housed a small church long before that.
“The whole point of the place was to have a cool, fun, funky vibe. I wanted it to be a little upscale, but I also want it to be a fun place to hang out,” he said, “and it came out exactly how I had envisioned it.”

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