Arcane Pizza is planning a takeout restaurant in Grand Rapids’ Creston neighborhood

Grand Rapids’ Creston neighborhood is gaining a new pizzeria in the coming weeks, as the owners of a local food truck plan their first brick-and-mortar location.

Clinton Edwards and Samantha Puma Edwards, the husband-and-wife duo who own and operate the food truck, are opening Arcane Pizza at 1300 Plainfield Ave. NE, where they will serve artisan wood-fired pizzas to customers on the go.

The Edwardses have been running their pizza truck, also called Arcane Pizza, for three years, and say they are excited to take their business to the next level by adding a takeout restaurant.

“The opportunity kind of presented itself and we decided to take a leap,” Clinton Edwards said. “This is definitely a big shift for us.”

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Arcane Pizza aims to offer offerings for people who want to “try something new or something a little unconventional,” Clinton Edwards said. Credit: Courtesy image

Arcane Pizzas are made with a sourdough crust, with vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. Offerings include the Mushroom Trio Pizza, which features a mushroom mixture, garlic cloves, cashew ricotta and house-made arugula, as well as the Prosciutto Goat Cheese Pizza, which has pear and rosemary honey drizzled on top.

“We’re trying to be creative,” Edwards said. “We consider it artisanal (pizza).” We have a passion for food and the people who eat it and we just try to keep it fresh and fun.

“There are a lot of pizza places in town that you can go to and get your standard pizza. What we want to be is the pizzeria you go to to try something new or something a little bit unconventional.”

Edwards first began working in the restaurant industry several years ago, when his wife worked as a traveling nurse and he traveled with her to work in restaurants across the United States in a variety of jobs.

Arcane Pizzas are made with a sourdough crust and are available in both vegetarian and vegan configurations. Credit: Courtesy image

“I worked at a wood-fired pizza restaurant in Colorado, and I remember having a lot of fun,” Edwards said. “I fell in love with wood-fired pizza while working, and then I talked to (Samantha) about it and we said, ‘You know, we can do this.’”

With the goal of opening a pizza food truck, the Edwards family purchased a box truck and began outfitting it to fit their business plan. This included installing a more than a ton wood-fired pizza oven to the vehicle, which included a complete renovation of the box truck and the addition of insulation, a radiator and more.

“It started taking off right after we built it,” Edwards said.

The Edwardses will continue to operate their food truck for events and catering in addition to their 900-square-foot Plainfield restaurant, which they are currently preparing to open in the coming weeks.

Arcane Pizza started out as a food truck three years ago. Credit: Courtesy image

The space was previously home to Roberto’s Pizza Plainfield, which closed in May 2022 after only a year and a half in business. The owner cited rising costs and declining sales in a Facebook post announcing the closure, noting that the company was focusing its efforts on its remaining Burton Street location.

Jackpot Pizza opened on-site shortly after the closure, but also closed in the spring of 2023.

With a pre-installed brick pizza oven and fully equipped kitchen, the restaurant is almost ready for Arcane Pizza to move in.

While the Edwards don’t have a specific opening date in mind, the restaurant is scheduled to hold a soft opening in the coming weeks, with a grand opening planned for after Thanksgiving. They will be offering pizza for take-out only for now, with a goal of opening a dine-in patio in the near future.

Arcane Pizza is at least the second food truck to announce plans to open a physical location in the Creston neighborhood. Food truck Street Chef Shaw aims to open a yet-to-be-named fast-casual restaurant this month at 1539 Plainfield Ave. NE, as Grand Rapids Crane Works Previously mentioned.

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