New Mexico-based chain Dion's Pizza is tentatively scheduled to open in November at North Powers and Dublin boulevards. The 5,394-square-foot restaurant will feature, according to a press release, "an open kitchen layout, a pizza stand for children to watch and interact with pizza makers, and Tiffany lamps throughout the interior."
Sounds fancy. Mayor Steve Bach apparently likes the sound of that: "We are pleased that Dion’s selected Colorado Springs as its first Colorado location,” he says in the release, though he's probably most pleased about the 75 or so jobs the restaurant's expected to create. “We welcome the Dion’s family and look forward to having this legendary restaurant in our community.”
The restaurant has a bizarrely detailed Wikipedia profile, including the fact that the chain was originally going to be called "Dionysus" but it was shortened to save money on signs; and that a write-up by the Albuquerque Journal "helped boost sales and sent them on their way to sustainable sales gains in the years to come."
Founded in 1978, the pizza spot currently boasts 17 stores and 1,200 employees in three states. A ground-breaking ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 30, for those who just love a good shovel-ready photo-op.
“We chose Colorado Springs as our first Colorado location because the tight knit community and connectedness of Colorado Springs residents matches Dion’s dedication to creating a family-friendly environment where friends and neighbors can gather,” company president Doug Morse says in the release. “We expect to be a part of this community for decades to come.”