November 26, 2014
A popular pizza chain has expanded to Colorado.

Good news for students of Colorado culinary schools, as they now have another phenomenal restaurant to dine and relax at. According to Restaurant News, the popular chain Pizza Inn has opened its first Colorado location, establishing a local franchise in La Junta. In addition to being an exciting and delicious development for the people of La Junta, this new expansion also represents a significant culture of growth for the chain, coming on the heels of numerous other recent openings. Take a look at some of the finer details of the opening and, if you’re in Colorado, be sure to stop by La Junta for a slice at the new Pizza Inn.

The restaurant
Pizza Inn got its start more than 50 years ago near the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Since then, it has grown into one of the most recognizable chain pizza restaurants in the world. Founded by two brothers, the establishment has become famous for its offering of a pizza buffet, a very popular item among its patrons. In addition to providing a great, value-driven meal, the establishment  has also made a sincere attempt to innovate the pizza eating experience, both in the U.S. and abroad, through the tactical development of new, fun flavors. Among other classic staples on the menu, the eatery serves both taco pizza and bacon cheeseburger pizza. Today, the restaurant currently runs more than 300 restaurants. Though Pizza Inn is predominantly a U.S enterprise, the chain has established franchises in 12 different countries.

Pizza Inn has certainly come a long way from its first shop on Dallas’ Mockingbird Road. While  the company has seen a great deal of commercial success throughout its history, much of Pizza Inn’s growth has come in recent years. In fact, Pizza Marketplace reports that during the week of Nov. 20, 2014, alone, Pizza Inn had grand openings occurring in La Junta, Colorado, Baxley, Georgia and Houston. In addition to this, the chain will be reopening a recently remodeled and enlarged franchise in Vidalia, Georgia in December 2014. Steve Link, the vice president of operations for Pizza Inn, indicated his excitement about the recent expansions in a press release.

“Our focus on quality menu items, friendly customer service and affordable prices has helped us build a large and loyal following. We’re looking forward to bringing that winning formula to the great state of Colorado, and to new towns in Texas, Georgia and across the nation,” the statement read.

La Junta
For those of you unfamiliar with the area, La Junta is a small town in southeast Colorado, roughly 60 miles east of Pueblo. La Junta is a predominantly residential area with a small business district. Steeped in rich history, the town was formerly an agricultural and industrial thoroughfare in the early twentieth century, and as such is home to a number of historically and culturally significant sites. Among others, La Junta calls both the Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site and Vogel Canyon its own.