Pizza restaurant opening in May
Despite the name “2 Guys Pies,” Andalusia’s newest restaurant hasn’t got a thing to do with sweets. It’s all about the pizza, said owner Casey Jones.
Jones is no stranger to the local culinary scene. Best known for the eatery “CJ’s,” Jones said the new restaurant – located next to Goody’s – will feature pizza, wings, calzones and an assortment of pasta and salad dishes.
“The problem with doing a CJ’s-type restaurant in Andalusia is that you have to charge so much for an entrée because I’m dedicated to the quality of the food,” he said. “With pizza, the trend is fresh, fresh, fresh toppings. You can still have the quality and keep the prices down.
“And I felt like there is really a market for a sit-down pizza place,” he said.
Jones said for the last three weeks, he’s worked to perfect not only the pizza sauce, but also the dough.
“Those two things are going to set us apart from any other pizza place,” he said.
In addition to the traditional pizza-y items, the menu will also feature “the best hamburger and fresh cut French fries in town” and children’s selections.
An all-you-can-eat lunch buffet, including a salad bar, is $6.99 plus the drink cost. Entrée items are less than $10 each. A large five-topping pizza is $14. Beer and wine will also be served.
Eating options include dine-in, take-out or delivery within a five-mile radius.
Technology will play a huge role in the venture, Jones said. Hiring for the seven kitchen staff members, 14 wait staff and two drivers is being conducted online at 2guyspiesandalusia.com.
iPods will be used to send orders from the table directly to the kitchen. Drivers will be equipped with GPS and iPods so they know exactly when an order is ready for delivery. Customers can order online, and order histories will be stored to allow for faster times.
Jones said he’s employed a New York company to handle the restaurant’s social media presence.
“It’s a huge undertaking, but well worth it,” he said.
Jones isn’t stopping at one location – the plan is to franchise the “2 Guys Pies” brand and to open a second location soon, he said.
“It’s going to be a place that is no more than an hour away from here,” Jones said. “Maybe Brewton?”
And by the way, there’s really not a second “guy” behind “2 Guys Pies,” Jones said.
“It’s for my dad,” he said. “He just passed away. He was a supporter who owned his own business. When I was growing up, he’d say, ‘Always try to work for yourself,’ and that’s what I’m doing.”
The restaurant will open on May 23. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.