Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has created an all-new concept opening Friday, May 25, 2018 at Navy Pier. Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels will be located in the center of the newly renovated Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion.
Created by Ozzie Ocegueda, Ozzie’s will specialize in homemade paletas, hand-twisted pretzels, fresh-squeezed juices, seasonal fruits, & ice cold horchata. Ozzie’s inspiration for the concept stems from growing up in El Carmen, Mexico where he would watch his mother prepare paletas. She would carefully choose the fruits, cream, and just a touch of sugar to make the perfect paleta. She brought these homemade paletas to a nearby soccer field and sell them to local families for an afternoon treat.
With the opening of the new Navy Pier location, Ozzie is taking his lifelong passion for paletas to create a menu of seasonal popsicles that will use all-natural ingredients and be made on-site daily. Menu standouts include Chocolate Banana, Strawberry, Toasted Coconut, Dulce de Leche, and Peanut Butter & Jelly. The fresh fruit pops are perfect for summer and include Lime Chia, Blueberry Basil, Watermelon and more.
The hand-twisted pretzels at Ozzie’s Pops & Pretzels will be baked in house throughout the day with savory and sweet varieties including The Original, Pepperoni Pizza, The Everything, Cinnamon Sugar, and the Rita Cheese Pretzel. Hot & Cold dipping sauces include cheddar cheese, Horseradish cheese, Jalapeno cheese, marinara, mustard, and vanilla icing.
In addition to Ozzie’s, Lettuce Entertain You has three other concepts located at Navy Pier including Big Bowl Express, Big City Chicken, and Frankie’s by the Slice. Lettuce at the Pier brings the same high-quality food, beverage, and hospitality to the family-focused environment of the Navy Pier in Chicago.
Ozzie joined Lettuce Entertain You in 1997 with the Big Bowl Division and has been a part of the opening for every new location to date over his 13 years with the team. In 2013 he joined Lettuce Fly, a division within Lettuce Entertain You that oversees the development of restaurants in airports. His first project with Lettuce Fly was to open Big Bowl at O’Hare International Terminal 5 in January 2013. Ozzie is full time with the Lettuce Fly and has created eleven different airport restaurants in three cities including: Big Bowl, Wow Bao, Magic Pan, Hub 51, Summer House Santa Monica, Urban Olive and RJ Grunts Burger & Fries. Ozzie also works with Lettuce Fly on Lettuce Entertain You’s growth at Navy Pier, specifically developing back-of-house systems for the restaurants at the pier. He collaborated with the team on developing a menu for Big Bowl, Frankie’s Pizza by the Slice and Big City Chicken which opened in June 2015.