Johnny’s Pizza reopening

Published 8:30 am Wednesday, January 17, 2024

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Johnny’s Pizza in West Point has officially reopened for business after two weeks of renovations. 

Owner Ben Hamilton said the first day back was busy as customers welcomed the Johnny’s Pizza family back to downtown. 

“We’re looking forward to seeing all our regulars and all of our customers again,” Hamilton said. “They’re just as big a part of our life as everything else. We always say that our staff is like family, but so are our customers.”

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Hamilton said most of the renovations were overdue repairs and upgrades in the back kitchen area and walk-in cooler. 

“From day one, our walk-in area was not designed appropriately, and we had a rotten floor,” Hamilton said. 

Hamilton said the walk-in had to be completely demolished and rebuilt from scratch. While they were at it, they upgraded the walk-in to a larger size. 

Hamilton said they also upgraded the mop/sink area and updated the main kitchen in the front of the restaurant. As for the dining area, Hamilton said there won’t be many updates visible to the customers. However, there will be some new TVs added.

“We needed to fix and repair some items, and also it was a way to make us more efficient and give us more ability to put out more product, which is good,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton commended his staff for their help, especially General Manager Garrett Partridge, who helped work on smaller renovations as well. During the two-week hiatus from work, Hamilton said they made sure their staff didn’t miss a paycheck. 

The restaurant closed on Dec. 30 and reopened on Monday right on schedule. Hamilton said the contractors, electricians and refrigeration company did a great job of getting the work done without any major delays. 

Freddy Scott was the contractor, Eli Turner was the electrician and Dan Hart Refrigeration installed the new walk-in cooler.

Hamilton said he and the rest of the Johnny’s crew are excited to be back to serving the community.

“We see so many people more than once a week and, for two weeks, we didn’t see them,” Hamilton said. “It’s good to have people back in there.”