City officials said they expect Odd Moe's to be ready to open in the near future

GRAPHIC FILE PHOTO - Plans for a chain of pizza shops to expand into a Newberg location have stalled as Odd Moe's Pizza hasn't made progress in reopening the former Ye Olde Pizza Shoppe building on Portland Road.

Plans for a chain of pizza shops to expand into a Newberg location have stalled as Odd Moe's Pizza hasn't made progress in reopening the former Ye Olde Pizza Shoppe building on Portland Road.

Odd Moe's Pizza is part of a chain of restaurants in northwest Oregon, with locations in McMinnville and Salem among others. The planned Newberg location would have been taken over by Aris Widiatnoko and his wife, who are franchisees of the McMinnville location. They had planned to be open by late September, they announced, although today the building is still not operational.

The former Ye Old Pizza Shoppe building was updated to code and received its permits ahead of the owners remodeling the inside.

The Newberg location isn't listed on the franchise's website yet.

Newberg Community Development Director Doug Rux said he hasn't had any communication with the Widiatnokos. Aris Widiatnoko didn't respond to a request for comment.

City Plans Examiner Corey Bingham said the city issued the permit for Odd Moe's on Sept. 20 and estimated the applicants were about three-fourths of the way from being done. Last Thursday, he said the city issued a permit for a business sign as well.

"They're moving pretty good," he said.

Bingham added that there are still inspections to do, including the final one before the restaurant can open, but said the city anticipates them finishing up fairly soon. The applicants applied in August and Bingham said it took some time for the applicants to get their plans together.

"We anticipate them finishing up pretty soon," he said.

The restaurant will serve a menu similar to its other locations, with pizza, salads, desserts and beer. The restaurant will also serve cheesy garlic bread, chicken and hots wings, as well as dough dunkers coated with cinnamon sugar.

Once open, customers can dine inside or outside and can also order online.

The McMinnville's location menu includes appetizers like barbecue ribs, potato poppers and chicken strips; three different salads; and original and boneless wings. They offer build your own pizza, with choices of crust style, sauces and toppings, as well as a Chicago-style pizza in one size. They also have several different specialty pizzas, many named after sports terms and teams.

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