The Simple Perfection of the Post

DSC_0009When you think of a neighborhood pizza pub, what generally comes to mind is slightly above average pizza, sticky tables and windows cluttered with neon beer signs – a place that’s comfortable and fun but somewhere you probably wouldn’t go if you didn’t live close by. The Post, a neighborhood pizza pub that opened in Germantown in January 2015, however, has all the comfortable charm and ease of your favorite neighborhood spot as well as the high-quality food, service and atmosphere to make it not just a convenience but a destination.

Married couple Laura and Nash Neely are the proud owners of The Post, but owning one of the most booming eateries in town wasn’t exactly on their bucket list. As Laura recounts, “We both had very different grown-up jobs after we finished up our schooling, and after we both realized we didn’t really like our desk jobs, we decided to do something of our own. We both come from families that owned small businesses, so that was something we’d both grown up with. And Nash always says this was the best idea we could come up with,” she laughs.

DSC_0025The pizza business may not have been what they’d always dreamed of, but they’ve both quickly learned that they’re remarkably good at it. Part of that success though comes from their background. Between Nash and the two kitchen managers, the team has a combined 40 years of pizza experience. In fact, Nash worked in a pizzeria for about eight years and had become good friends with several of the other employees, so when he and Laura decided they were going to do pizza, Nash knew just who to call. “I knew I had the resources, I had the experience and I could build a good crew,” he remembers. “I knew that if this was the plan, it was now or never.”

And so the concept of The Post began to take shape. The name itself came from the fact that the building was a VFW post for several decades. There are several found artifacts on the walls of The Post – such as an American flag with 48 stars – that speak to the building’s history. And for the Neelys, that history is one of their favorite aspects of their business: “We have people who come in all the time and say, ‘Oh, I used to come in here for the chicken dinner at the VFW’ or ‘We had a family reunion up here back when it was the VFW’ or ‘My great aunt is one of the ladies on the wall in those pictures,’” Laura relates. “You can just tell they’re coming in because they want to see what it looks like now.”

DSC_0985_webThough they were determined to maintain the building’s history, Laura and Nash also wanted to update and open up the formerly very closed-in space. They knew what they wanted it to be and brought on Pickett + Passafiume Architects and Shine Contracting to help realize their vision. The collaboration couldn’t have worked out better as the space is gorgeous, rife with nuances of history and flourishes of modernity. The bold lines present in The Post’s architecture are elsewhere echoed in their stunning graphic design by Gemini Cricket.

With such an open concept, it was always paramount to the Neelys to create a true sense of community at The Post. They have been residents of the neighborhood since 2009 and look to the longstanding Nachbar and Eiderdown as examples of how to do it right in Germantown. And by creating their restaurant with that earnest spirit, Laura and Nash proudly assert that The Post has indeed become what they always wanted it to be. “We’re not trying to gouge the neighborhood or provide a place where only the young cool kids want to come,” Laura maintains. “It’s a place where hopefully everybody wants to come, and that’s something we really set out to do. We didn’t want to alienate anybody, and for the most part, I think it’s been received that way.”

DSC_1009As far as the pizza goes, it was always intended to be New York style, and while Nash contends all The Post offers pretty much fits that bill, there’s one thing on the menu that is absolutely quintessential New York pizza: the slices. The Post regularly offers a cheese ($3) and pepperoni slice ($3.50) as well as a slice of the day ($4.50) on the menu, and the couple agrees that because the pizzas the slices come from are stretched out very large and thin and just one slice can fill you up, they’re what they always recommend to first-timers.

But regardless of what you order, you can be sure it will be absolutely delicious. The menu is simple: signature pizzas as well as a build-your-own option, calzones, salads, subs, sides and slices. Everything from The New Colossus – a pesto-based pie composed of chicken, tomato, Parmesan and a balsamic drizzle – to The Lone Wolf – a pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, green pepper, onion, mushroom and black olive pizza – is not only creative and unique but also greatly satisfying and wholly flavorful.

DSC_0043_webMoreover, the menu is diverse enough that you can have a sumptuous dinner with friends on a Saturday night or you could come in to the bar on a Thursday up until 2 a.m. and get a slice and a beer for just a few bucks. Couple that with a mostly local – soon to be entirely local – rotating draft beer list and a slew of spirits, and there’s nothing you won’t be able to find at The Post.

As for what the future holds, Laura simply states, “There are days where we feel that we’ve outgrown the space.” And while the Neelys in a year or so may consider expanding, they have such a deep love and respect for the neighborhood that they’re unsure of what the exact future plans are. But the future, for now, isn’t of much concern at The Post. What’s more important is that people from the neighborhood as well as from the entire city feel comfortable enough to pop in, get a slice and have some laughs. And that’s what makes it all worth it. “This is fun,” Laura says with a smile. “It’s stressful and exhausting sometimes, but it’s fun too. It’s a lot more fun than sitting at a desk.” Nash wholeheartedly agrees: “It sure beat the cubicle life.” VT

The Post is located at 1045 Goss Avenue and is open Monday-Wednesday 11 a.m.-midnight, Thursday-Friday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Saturday noon-2 a.m. and Sunday noon to midnight. For more information visit thepostlouisville.com or call 502.635.2020.