The Mayor’s Office announced in a press release Max Pizza at 108 Stafford Ave. celebrated its grand reopening as a renovated, larger facility following a fire that closed the restaurant’s doors for more than a year. T
“First and foremost, we want to thank our customers and employees for being so loyal to us,” Stelios Koutouvides said in a release. He is owner of the Max Pizza restaurants with his brother Alex. “Over the last year, our customers have waited for us to reopen, and now it’s time to celebrate with a bigger and better place.”
Following the fire, which originated at the business next door, Max Pizza ownership purchased the adjacent space to expand the restaurant. In the process, parking has increased, and the entire restaurant was renovated with the goal of encouraging more dining room customers and offering a new area available for private parties. As part of this effort, the restaurant expanded its dinner entrée menu, added new ice cream and dessert fare, significantly expanded its beer and wine offerings, and created a children’s menu to encourage sit-down family dining.
“In Bristol, we know the community will support businesses that offer a quality product and great service consistently,” Mayor Ken Cockayne said in a press release from his office. “In business for almost 40 years, Max Pizza is truly a testament to this fact. We encourage everyone to celebrate with Max Pizza on March 25 and to continue supporting the restaurant for the next 40 years.”
The original Max Pizza restaurant was founded in 1976 by Stelios Koutouvides and his wife Nikki. In time, Alex Koutouvides signed on to help run the restaurant. Over the years, the family has opened Max Pizza II in New Britain and Max Pizza III in Burlington.