A pizza from Home Slice Pizza covered with heart-shaped pepperonis. 02/04/15 Tom McCarthy Jr. for AMERICAN-STATESMAN

The wheels of progress can be slow moving at times, as the folks at Home Slice Pizza can attest. The owners of the popular pizzeria on South Congress Avenue announced in September of last year that they were planning to open a location at 501 E. 53rd St. After a long wait, the Home Slice folks were granted a conditional use permit this week. Next up: actual building permits, with construction hopefully starting in December. What does this mean for diners: co-owner Jen Strickland is targeting a spring opening.