The Pizza Place set to close next month, but its best dishes will live on at Beans and Franks.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


One of Stephenville’s most iconic restaurants is closing its doors after first opening to the public in 1967.


The Pizza Place announced on Monday that it is shutting down at its current location on Feb. 1, but residents will still be able to sink their teeth into several of the restaurant’s most beloved dishes at Beans and Franks.

Jeff and Jodi Weyers, owners of Beans and Franks, have purchased The Pizza Place’s original recipes and will add the dishes to its already existing menu at their newest location at 2810 W. Washington Street in Stephenville.


I had a chance to talk with them shortly after the announcement was made and they told me the transaction was quick, taking place in less than two weeks.


“It all happened really fast and the way it transpired was a God thing,” Jeff said, adding that an expansion to the back of Beans and Franks was already underway.


The Weyers said they won’t be able to relaunch The Pizza Place by the time it closes at the end of the month, but hope to be slinging pizza dough some time in February.


“We want this to be a seamless transition and we hope that some of the employees will decide to work for us,” Jeff said.

Meanwhile, Beans and Franks has shifted into high gear as it prepares to add a pizza kitchen to its already booming business.


Since news of the transition broke on Monday, The Weyers said they have been inundated with calls and text messages from people who grew up eating at The Pizza Place.


“We didn’t grow up here, but we understand the history and significance of The Pizza Place and we will do everything we can to live up to the responsibility entrusted to us,” Jodi said.


I have no doubt they will do just that.


The building that currently houses The Pizza Place will reportedly be turned into office space.