A new restaurant on Tower Avenue in Superior has been generating some new energy along a strip that is struggling through major road reconstruction.
Shorty’s Pizza & Smoked Meat has been well-received since opening last month, according to owner Brian Noel. The restaurant features its signature smoked meat, which has origins from Montreal and Quebec. Shorty’s also serves an exclusive New Orleans specialty frozen drink, made from a blend found only at the famous Jester Mardi Gras Daiquiris.
An interesting rumor making the rounds is that Noel hit the jackpot in the Canadian lottery.
“I had these guys in here the other day saying that I had won 20 million dollars and went to the Bahamas,” Noel says.
Noel confirmed, however, that he did indeed win a more modest sum, years ago.
“If I did win a million dollars then why would I be doing this [owning a restaurant]?” he explains.
A native of Ottawa, Canada, Noel has lived in Duluth for the past seven years. He wanted to bring something different and diverse to Superior. His hometown is the inspiration behind the menu and design of his restaurant, such as the homemade-style pizza which is patterned after a Lebanese recipe, an influence from the large Lebanese population in parts of Canada. There are also little flairs of Vegas-inspired objects throughout the bar, like the slot machines in the corner.
“I wanted to take the best of everything that I’ve tried in my life and put it into one place,” he says.
Shorty’s Pizza & Meats
1015 Tower Ave.
Superior WI 54880
Open at 11 a.m., seven days a week