Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pizza 51 West opens in Fairway

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Owner Jason Pryor serves up the first pizza at Pizza 51 West.
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  • Owner Jason Pryor serves up the first pizza at Pizza 51 West.
Pizza 51 West didn't get to have a soft opening. People have been streaming in since the doors at 5938 Mission opened last Wednesday, excited to see activity in the former Sinclair gas station that has been dormant the past four years.

"It's been fantastic. We really appreciate the support that everyone has shown us," co-owner Jason Pryor says.

The Fairway outpost is the second restaurant for Pryor and his wife, Shannon. The duo opened Pizza 51 at 5060 Oak in September 2004.

Pizza 51 West is like a coffee shop and pizza shop all in one.
  • Pizza 51 West is like a coffee shop and pizza shop all in one.
The conversion of the Sinclair station took about 18 weeks. Pizza 51 West has seating for 44 people inside and another 40 people on the patio. The restaurant also has its own dedicated parking lot with 15 spaces and a 1930s gas pump out front.

"It's like a child. You forget all the pain and suffering, so you do it all again," Pryor says. "But it's short-term pain, and you end up with such a great result."

The new space has the same menu of customizable pizzas as the original location, but it also will focus on breakfast. Pizza 51 West has partnered with the Roasterie. The local coffee roaster trained all the baristas who staff the full-service coffee bar. Another partner, the Clock Tower Bakery and Cafe, is providing baked goods (danishes, muffins, cookies), while Pizza 51 will be making breakfast pizzas and skillets in-house.

"Coffee drinkers are creatures of habit. We're hoping to bring people in from all that travel up and down Mission Road," Pryor says.

Pizza 51 West has free Wi-Fi to encourage people to stick around. In addition to the coffee-bar concept, Pryor is excited about three additions to the menu: a spring salad mix, toasted ravioli and cannelloni. The restaurant will also serve beer and wine with five taps (which currently include three Boulevard offerings and Free State's Copperhead Pale Ale).

"We're not just a neighborhood pizza joint. We're a neighborhood joint," Pryor says.

Pizza 51 West opens at 7 a.m. daily. It will close at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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