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Town Abuzz Over New Restaurant That Will Go Out of Business in Six Months

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Pizza. Sort of.LaCucaracha residents were ecstatic to hear the news that a new pizza parlor would be opening on the LaCucaracha square in early February. John and Beverly Sanders, who recently relocated to our fair town from Corpus Christi, were looking for a fresh start after John was laid off from his job as a supervisor at a lawn sprinkler manufacturing company. “We drove through LaCucaracha,” said Sanders, “and thought that it could really use a good pizza joint. So, here we are!”

As usual, everyone seems very excited about the prospect of somewhere new to eat. According to Beverly, visits and queries about what they were doing while fitting their building with pizza ovens and kitchen equipment were constant. “So many people would stop by,” said Beverly, “and tell us how they’d come in at least three times a week for a good pizza. If it goes that well I’m sure we’ll be able to add some of the things we really want to do – things this town really needs! Like vegetarian pizzas or our special recipe for pineapple chicken pizza with gluten free crust!”

Thom Waterson, loan officer at LaCucaracha National Bank, is cautiously optimistic about the Sanders’s chances. “I was very up front with them,” said Waterson, “about our reputation for crushing the entrepreneurial spirit here in LaCucaracha. Not on purpose, mind you. It just happens. I told them that there have been 16 pizza places since I graduated high school in 1983 and not one of them made it. Just like all the others though, they have that ‘can do’ spirit and they believe they will be different. Plus, like those before them, they have conveniently neglected to do any market research on the demographics of the populace here in LaCucaracha. Remember when that couple from Houston opened a sushi bar here? Hilarious. Anyway, it’s their money, and they have good credit and good assets, so it’s a no-brainer for me. And I look forward to the one time I’ll eat there. Then, of course, a few months will pass, and we’ll have company over, and we’ll be excited to take them to the new place. We’ll pile in the mini-van and head over, only to discover they shut down the previous week.”

Many residents are excited about the pizza, but also about the prospect of another kitchen going out of business. “I am excited about the pizza,” said Katherine Costa. “That will be nice. I don’t want to sound negative, but in the end, we all know it won’t make it. And that excites me too. Not because they’ve failed, but because of the great deals I’ll be able to get on their equipment, utensils and furniture.” Costa pointed to a lovely commercial freezer in her garage and said, “See, I got that when the last Chinese place went under. Only paid $400 for it and it was over $2,000 new!”

“Well,” said Sanders, “we’re just so excited to be bringing brick oven pizza to LaCucaracha. People have been so friendly. When they stop in, they don’t just make small talk. They are keenly interested in every piece of equipment we’re installing. We’re so thrilled with their interest level – looking over the tables, chairs, even our flatware. I have a good feeling about this town.”

Bob Hutchens, of the Twin Bar Ranch, showed excitement about a new place to “grab some grub,” but scoffed a bit at the proposed prices for the Sanders’s fare. “Fifteen to twenty bucks for a pizza?” queried Hutchens. “I’m sure it’s dang tasty, but when you get into the fifteen dollar range you’re talking anniversary or Valentine’s Day only. Maybe Mother’s Day. Besides, I can still get a pizza for five bucks at the Quicker Stopper – plus, fill up on gas and any other miscellaneous items I might need like batteries or lighter fluid.”

Sanders said they have no plans to stock sundries other than condiments for their pizza and drinks. “I think the pizza will sell itself. Beverly is a fantastic cook – she’s a craftsman, really. I think we’re going to blow this town away! So come see us!”

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