GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - When Sara Donaldson took over Junct'n Square Pizza from her parents almost a year ago, it was a homecoming of sorts.
"We want to keep it in the family," Donaldson said, whose mom and dad - Earl and Mary Stevenson - opened the restaurant in 1977 at 119 N. Seventh St., in Grand Junction's historic downtown area.
Though she currently lives in Las Vegas, Donaldson hopes to move home to the West Slope soon. In the meantime, a remodel was definitely needed. So, she did it from a distance. Junct'n Square Pizza shut down briefly for a major interior overhaul on Jan. 21 and reopened Monday, Feb. 11, with a fresh, clean, new look.
"It's an old building," Donaldson said. "It needed improvements, like the whole entire dining room was gutted. We added things people can't see, too, like the heating and cooling element is more controlled."
Upgrades aren't quite done yet, she added.
"The target date to complete everything is June," Donaldson said. "We're repainting and we'll freshening things up. New chairs are coming. Exterior improvements are underway as well."
According to a news release, Junct'n Square Pizza's menu went "back in time" with the reopening. The decor may be new, but the menu is the 1977 original with salads, pastas, pizzas and garlic bread.