BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Nearly 30 years ago, a unique, gourmet pizza restaurant and art gallery popped up on the Space Coast – Pizza Gallery & Grill.

Started by a family man with a love for cooking, a passion for the local community and an artistic streak, Chris Conneen had a dream to take the traditional pizza parlor to the next level.

Conneen’s dream of being a business owner became reality in 1989 when he opened Pizza Gallery & Grill, in downtown Melbourne and later in The Avenue Viera near I-95 at 2250 Town Center Avenue.

Pizza Gallery & Grill has never been your typical “mom and pop” pizza parlour. With a motto of “Where Food Becomes Art,” the restaurant features a wide variety of truly gourmet pizza creations – each with titles reflecting that of a famous artist, such as the “Warhol” Cheeseburger pizza or the “Raphael” Portobello crust pizza.

And when you enter this 250-seat establishment, you’ll notice something else – a broad collection of whimsical local art displayed on every wall. Each piece is for sale and switched out regularly to bring a fresh, new look to the restaurant.

In addition to promoting local artists’ works, Space Coast native Conneen is also more heavily involved in the community than your average small business owner.

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