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Another Glenwood Springs restaurateur prefers downvalley

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post IndependentMancinelli's Pizza in downtown Glenwood Springs will close after today. The owners plan to keep their Rifle location open.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Axel Shavalier spent the last three Super Bowls making pizzas, but this Sunday he’s watching the game.

The Glenwood Springs Mancinelli’s Pizza shop is closing down after its last day Saturday. Shavalier and his wife, Jen, plan to simplify things and focus on the golden opportunity they see in their Rifle Mancinelli’s location.

Axel Shavalier said about 10 employees at the downtown Glenwood location will be affected. One plans to work at the Rifle location. Another was offered a job at the Rifle Mancinelli’s Pizza, but instead has plans to move to Carbondale. Shavalier feels bad for the employees since finding jobs is tough these days.

Profitability and the desire to simplify things were both factors in the decision to close the Glenwood Mancinelli’s Pizza.

“If I was making the same money two years ago now, obviously it would be much harder to walk away from,” he said. “It’s making money, but just not enough to justify working 45 hours a week.”

Shavalier said Rifle is not as saturated with restaurants as Glenwood Springs is, and the recession has dulled the edge Glenwood restaurants used to get from tourism and construction. Plus, in two weeks, the Glenwood building will be paid for.

The couple has actually been working on selling the building at 208 7th Street for about two years. A while back there was some interest but no one could seem to get funding from the banks, Shavalier said.

Now they plan to rent out the building in downtown Glenwood, although they would entertain it if someone actually made a good offer to buy.

The Glenwood Springs Mancinelli’s was opened in 1994 and the Shavaliers purchased it in 1999. They opened the Rifle location five years ago.

When they look at the situation now, they see the positives. The Glenwood Mancinelli’s allowed them to buy a home in New Castle, buy the property downtown and start up the Rifle restaurant.

Shavalier said, “Our overall feel on Glenwood Springs is great. I think Glenwood’s going to come out of this whole muck a lot quicker than the rest of the country, and I think things are going to be great there ” It’s just this opportunity here (in Rifle) is so much better.”

He said the Rifle location has a deck that is as big as the inside of the Glenwood Mancinelli’s Pizza. He plans to fix that up and put it into use and make some other improvements to the building. He also said they plan to get a liquor license for beer and wine and begin opening on Sundays.

Just don’t expect it to be open this Sunday.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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