If a boozy slushie paired with pizza sounds like the perfect pairing on a hot day, you'll want to head to the Branson Landing this summer.
Mellow Mushroom, a national pizza chain with a hippie vibe, is slated to open in Branson on June 10. Media assistant and general manager Sonia Guzman says the restaurant will also feature a Dude’s Daquiris on the patio serving adult slushies.
Located behind the parking garage, next to Andy B’s, the colorful restaurant stands out thanks so its hand-painted tie dye murals. Both Mellow Mushroom and Dude’s Daquiris offer a casual, laidback vibe. The restaurant will seat 139 diners inside, with room for another 76 on the outside covered patio.
The Mellow Mushroom menu features a variety of specialty pizzas, calzones, hoagies, salads and appetizers such as pretzels with beer cheese. The staff favorite is the Holy Shiitake pizza, which boasts an olive oil and garlic base, sprinkled with a medley of shiitake, button and portobello mushrooms, topped with caramelized onions and mozzarella. The pie is finished with a garlic aïoli swirl and a touch of black truffle oil, then garnished with fresh chives and shaved Parmesan.
Diners can also opt to build their own pizzas and salads. Salads can be customized with everything from ricotta and diced apples to tofu and tempeh. Gluten-free crusts and vegan cheese are available on pizzas.
“We have a special gluten-free station in the restaurant,” Guzman says. “We take that very seriously. We have a lot of positive feedback, especially with the gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan [options]. People are saying they are excited and can’t find that here.”
At the bar, you'll find 24 beers on tap and six different boozy slushies.
This is the third location for Mellow Mushroom in Missouri, following two in the St. Louis area. Guzman says the franchise group, Diverse Concepts, also owns a location in Pigeon Forge, a similar tourism market to Branson. The Branson location is currently hiring for all positions, and anyone interested in applying can do so at mellowmushroomdcljobs.com
Mellow Mushroom, 100 Branson Landing Blvd, Suite 333, Branson, Missouri, facebook.com/MellowMushroomBranson