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Baby Doll Pizza bought by Old Town Brewing owner Adam Milne

According to the story, Adam Milne celebrated his ninth birthday at the historic Old Town Pizza in downtown Portland, and liked the place so much he ended up buying it.

It was 2003, and Milne kept busy, keeping the lights on until the pandemic hit at the 47-year-old Old Town/Chinatown pizzeria, then expanding with an award-winning sister brewery in northeast Portland in 2011.

Well, it happened again. And this time, Milne bought one of Portland’s best New York-style pizzerias, Southeast Portland’s King of Slices Baby Doll Pizza.

Baby Doll Pizza founder Travis Miranda with one of his signature Sicilian pies in 2013.The Oregonian/Record

According to Milne, Baby Doll founder Travis Miranda recently decided to step back after nine years at the helm of the critically acclaimed pizzeria, which ranked third in our comprehensive 2018 guide to the best sliced ​​pizzas. from Portland. But fear not: much like his first pizza purchase, Milne plans to keep things at Baby Doll more or less as they are.

“I am fully committed to maintaining the same tradition and quality by retaining the entire crew and continuing with the same well-built recipes and processes,” Milne wrote in an email to The Oregonian/OregonLive. . “Portland’s iconic independent restaurants are the backbone of this city and I aim to ensure that Baby Doll Pizza continues to play an important role in that prominence.”

Miranda, who grew up in New York and New Jersey and attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, opened Baby Doll Pizza in 2012 as a New York-style pizza by the slice shop named after the grandfather’s old strip club in Manhattan. Miranda took over the Bonfire Lounge next door in 2016.

Baby Doll is located at 2835 SE Stark St., 503-459-4450, babydollpizza.com

–Michael Russell