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Digest

Owner of Ci-Ci's Pizza will open carry-out venue

By TIMES WIRES
Published March 7, 2007


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ST. PETERSBURG

Cici's Pizza will be opening a new concept at 2216 34th St. S. Later this month, franchise owner Georgio Bertrand will unveil a Cici's to-go restaurant, featuring "ready-right-now" pizza instead of the all-you-can-eat buffet at the other seven Cici's he owns. Bertrand will feature 15-inch ready-made pepperoni pizzas for $4.99, as well as salads and garlic bread available on the spot. Customers can order a custom pizza, but it may take up to seven minutes to prepare. Bertrand has Cici's buffet restaurants in Tampa, Bradenton, Brandon, Clearwater, Kenneth City and Temple Terrace, and is an investor in restaurants elsewhere in Florida. He said he is seeking another south Pinellas location for a full-buffet Cici's.

PINELLAS PARK

BJ's Restaurant to open March 13

Also opening soon will be BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse, which inaugurates its first Florida location in Pinellas Park on March 13. The 265-seat, child-friendly store, located inside the Shoppes at Park Place at 3850 Park Blvd., offers deep-dish pizzas, salads, sandwiches, soups, pastas, meat entrees and desserts, but also its own handcrafted beer and root beer. BJ's will partner with the Pinellas Education Foundation to honor Pinellas County's 2007 Outstanding Educator, Sheryl "Sherry" Brock, a math and journalism teacher at Dixie Hollins High School, who will receive a year's worth of free meals. At the grand opening, Pinellas Park Mayor Bill Mischler will tap the restaurant's first keg.

And, in February, Brisket Basket opened at 2500 Fifth Ave. N, offering a menu all based on a secret-spice recipe of smoked brisket.

[Last modified March 6, 2007, 20:09:35]


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