Have you ever had the hankering for pizza, but were unable to find a pizza place serving said pizza? Of course not. There are pizza places everywhere. (Even when certain pizza places close.)

And now there are more. The Milwaukee Business Journal is reporting that the former Trocadero, located at 1758 N. Water St., is set to become a pizza place. DiModa Pizza is expected to open in the space in April 2017, with a menu that includes “salads, soups, entrees and pastas in addition to a wide array of pizza options.” DiModa is the latest venture from Wild Planet Hospitality Group, which purchased Trocadero from the Lowlands Group in 2014, and closed the 16-year-old business for a concept change in January 2016. Wild Planet also owns McGillycuddy’s, Red Lion Pub, Red Rock Saloon, Brass Alley, and more.

Per the Business Journal:

“We are extremely excited for this concept…When we started planning for our transition from Trocadero, we wanted something that encapsulated the European feel Milwaukeeans love about this property, while bringing something new and exciting to the space,” JJ Kovacovich, managing partner at Wild Planet Hospitality Group, said in a news release.

Chef Mark Grimes will join Wild Planet Hospitality as culinary consultant to help with DiModa. Entree items include scallop giardiniera pasta, Sardinian-style clams and fregola pasta, and spicy brick chicken. The wood-fired pizza menu includes options like clam, endive, bacon pizza and charred pepperoni pizza. Customers can also expect plates for sharing at the east side dining spot.

DiModa will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner, with brunch service on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant will continue a few of Trocadero’s brunch item favorites, including the Frenchie Bloody Mary and house-made beignets.

No word yet on the potential revival of Red Light, a.k.a. that club that used to be above Trocadero. Remember that place? Remember when they used to have The Get Down up there? Crazy. Anyway, pizza!

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Matt Wild weighs between 140 and 145 pounds. He lives on Milwaukee's east side.