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Benny Palmetto's offers 28-inch pies and 14-inch slices.

Pizza served by the slice is typically associated with heavily walked city streets, a description that the owners of Benny Palmetto's believe will soon apply to Coleman Boulevard.

“I think that area will be increasingly pedestrian-friendly,” Erin Haselkorn says. “I'd be lying if I said at some point we wouldn't love a location downtown, but Coleman is a great place to be.”

Haselkorn and her husband, Adam, were connected to Benny Palmetto's through mutual friends; the pizzeria has eight locations in Virginia. Prior to opening the store in Mount Pleasant, the Haselkorns, both College of Charleston grads, worked in the software industry. Haselkorn is retaining her public relations job, but says Adam “didn't want to do software anymore.”

The restaurant's signature is a 14-inch slice, cut from a 28-inch pie. “They're huge,” Haselkorn says. There's nothing on the menu but pizza. Cheese slices are priced at $4.50; topped pizza costs $1 more. Whole pizzas sell for $38.

The restaurant at 433 W. Coleman Blvd. doesn't offer delivery, but it features a take-out window. Haselkorn suspects the slices will be popular with beachgoers and workers headed home from the office. Benny Palmetto's is open daily from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., staying open two hours later on Friday and Saturday.

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Hanna Raskin