So good, you can’t have just one
Special to the Post Independent
GLENWOOD SPRINGS” Glenwood Springs’ one-stop shop for pizza, pasta, and subs will soon have a second one-stop location.
Mancinelli’s Pizza owners Jennifer and Axel Shavalier plan to open a new location in Rifle in March.
“Everyone seems to be completely thrilled,” said Jennifer Shavalier.
The Shavaliers plan to move into the old location of TK’s Pizza and Pasta House at 851 Railroad Ave.
Shavalier said that the idea of taking over TK’s old location came up because she and TK’s used the same food distributor. The distributor came into Mancinelli’s one day and told her that TK’s was going out of business.
“We’ve talked in the past about doing this, and never really ruled it out,” said Shavalier of the second location. “We weren’t really looking to do this at this time, it just kind of fell into place.”
The Shavaliers called the owner of the building where TK’s had been, and started talking about opening a new Mancinelli’s.
Within just a couple of weeks the Shavaliers were committed.
“It’s happening,” said Shavalier. “It’s happening a little too fast at this point.”
Despite the speed with which they are moving forward, Shavalier said that the new location feels right, and they are already getting applications from prospective employees.
Both locations are long-time pizza joints and have the same feel, said Shavalier, but they will make some changes to the Rifle location.
“We need to get our little picture of New York up,” she said. “Eventually we’ll change it over to that New York pizza look.”
The one change the Shavaliers will make before they open is to buy a new oven. Shavalier said they use a stone oven, and the conveyor belt oven at the Rifle location won’t work for their New York style pizza.
The Shavaliers have worked hard to keep Mancinelli’s running in Glenwood Springs since they bought it five years ago.
“We’ve worked really hard,” said Shavalier, noting that they not only own a restaurant, but also have a 4-year-old son.
Balancing family life with another pizza shop will be difficult, but Shavalier is confident.
“It’s about to get a little more hectic here, but I think we’ll be able to do it,” she said.
Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 534
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