Underground Pizza Company will open later this year in the space formerly occupied by Olazzo at 8235 Georgia Ave. in downtown Silver Spring, according to a report from The MoCo Show.

Initially starting as a ghost kitchen, running pop-ups at several area restaurants including Olazzo, UPC opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Baltimore last year.

UPC co-founder Evan Weinstein, who also organizes Baltimore’s annual Moonrise Festival, founded the company after the cancellation of concerts and large-scale gatherings due to COVID-19 left him and other event planners thinking about what’s next.

“I have a business that I’ve had for fifteen years,” Weinstein told Baltimore Magazine in September of last year. “It’s shut down. I just had a baby; I had no plan.”

While stuck in quarantine, Weinstein began making Detroit-style pies from his home kitchen and selling to friends, but then word spread like wildfire, and soon business exploded. “All of a sudden, I’m selling out of dough from my house,” he recalled.

He connected with local chef Patrick Morrow, who helped open several restaurants in the Baltimore area, including Abbey Burger Bistro, Bluegrass Tavern, and Meli. Through Morrow’s experience and connections, UPC moved into a commercial kitchen space to prep the pizzas.

Olazzo closed its downtown Silver Spring location in May, after a 15-year run.

UPC joins several upcoming restaurant openings in Silver Spring’s Central Business District, including Kusshi Ko, Dog Haus Biergarten, Firepan Korean BBQ, Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Miss Toya’s Creole House, Flip’d by IHOP, and the Commas food hall at Ellsworth Place.