Original Tony’s still planning to open this month after vehicle runs into building
Johnny Anderson has recently embarked on an unanticipated business venture. His family once owned Tony’s Pizza, which was a staple on Knox Abbott Drive for 48 years. Known for their spaghetti, pizza, and family recipes, Tony’s gained many regular customers. In 2011, the family sold their business and Anderson retired. However, in November, he posed a question on Facebook that forced him to reconsider his current situation.
“I retired, but I wasn’t happy,” he said. “Last November I decided to put something on Facebook to see if anyone would be interested in some of our meatballs, our sauce, I just wanted to see,” he said. “Literally in one hour I had about $3,000 worth of orders.”
The overwhelming interest from patrons along with encouragement from Anderson’s fiancé, Hallee, prompted him to come out of retirement and reopen the family business.
Original Tony’s was scheduled to open later this month, then an unexpected set back Saturday evening caused a potential delay. “Someone called me and said there’s a car in my business. I don’t know how they did it, but they hit poles that held up the roof, and hit the wall. Knocked out a few glasses,” said Anderson. The dining room is still in tact, but a few glass panes were knocked out.
Anderson said the amount of support he has received before, during, and after the incident from customers has been almost overwhelming. “Oh my gosh the support people have shown during the whole thing – they’re like part of the family. The support from our customers, friends and family who have offered to help, I was in shock,” he said.
Despite the incident, Anderson still plans to hold his pre-opening party (reservations only) July 19. “We do anticipate it [building repairs] will be done in time. We plan to have a good night of fun.” Original Tony’s will not have a formal “grand opening,” but the store will tentatively open July 23 to the public.
There will be a few new items available on Anderson’s menu. “One of my specials is going to be two hot dogs, with chips and a huge pickle and tea for $6. We’ll use our meat sauce as chili. It’s awesome,” he said. There will also be half-pound burgers available. But, patrons can still also order all the classics dishes from the Tony’s Pizza menu.
Original Tony’s will be open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays will remain open until 9:30 p.m. with live music. Anderson plans to close the restaurant Saturdays and Sundays, but said he may change his mind and close Sundays and Mondays. The business is located at 1505 Charleston Highway in the Granby Village shopping center. More information can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook page.