SILVER LAKE — It’s been nearly a year since Tom’s Burgers served up its last charbroiled burger and burrito from the bright green, tiled building it had occupied for nearly 40 years. Now, after a change in tenants and a major makeover, the burger stand has been replaced by Wood Handcrafted Pizza. Brothers Erik and Edgar Martirosyan opened up Wood, which they say introduces Silver Lake to true Neapolitan pizza thanks to an 800+ degree oven that can cook up your pizza in 90 seconds.
The Martirosyans, who own a pizzeria in Hollywood, have been in the pizza business for a decade. “We started on our way passing out fliers, pizza delivery, cooking, management to owning a pizza shop and now a restaurant,” said Erik Martirosyan. “We are very honored to be in this neighborhood, and we love being a part of it.”
The black-and-white restaurant is currently open from 11 a.m. to midnight and a grand opening is planned as soon as it is allowed to serve beer and wine.
While the Martirosyans remodeled and renovated the entire building, the old Tom’s Burger sign still looms over the corner, untouched. What’s going to happen to the sign? Work and changes to the free-standing sign will begin next month, said Erik Martirosyan. But the red-and-white “Tom’s” portion of the sign will remain in tribute to the old former restaurant.
* Update: One of our readers pointed out that Edgar Martirosyan is the Oscars pizza deliveryman who brought some pies to this year’s Academy Awards.