Shakespeare's Pizza welcomes Columbia to new location

3 months 6 days 16 hours ago August 27, 2016 Aug 27, 2016 Saturday, August 27 2016 Saturday, August 27, 2016 4:32:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
By: Samantha Kummerer, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - Shakespeare's Pizza is officially back. The new building on the corner of Ninth and Elm street invited residents back with a grand opening event Saturday. 

While the restaurant officially reopened its doors on August 6, the management held off the event until it worked out the kinks, said Shakespeare's manager Kurt Mirtsching. 

“Moving into the new place involved a lot of unexpected things, you know it’s just like anybody that moves," Mirtsching said. 

By Saturday, Shakespeare's staff had settled in and invited the communuity to celebrate the reopening. 

The day-long event included a beer garden, photobooth, hourly raffles, and free pizza. 

Mirtsching said the store premade 160 pizzas to give more than 1000 people a free slice. 

For residents enjoying the pizza, the new location is strikely familar.  

"What’s interesting is, oh my gosh it’s exactly the same except a little more space, but when you walk in the door and you first walk in it’s like, ‘Are you sure this building was gone?'" said Carol Miller, a Shakespeare's Pizza regular and Columbia resident. 

Miller has been eating at Shakespeare's since she attended the University of Missouri in the 70's. She said everything from the people to the pizza is still just as great without noticeable change. 

Caleb Aponte is a new Shakespeare's customer but has been hearing the same feedback from his friends. 

“They said it’s actually eerie because the facilities look pretty much the same, although they’re larger and there’s definitely additions," Aponte said. "A lot of the original look and feel and even the signs are in the same places.”

But, the restaurant couldn't be exactly the same. 

Mirtsching said there are some changes to the kitchen but the business hopes to keep the customer experience the same just with shorter lines. 

"The original Shakespeare's was really fun but it was built over many decades without any master plan, so it was kind of a convoluted train wreck as far as trying to run a business, but the new one we got to rebuild and redesign everything all over again," Mirtsching said. "So, we laid all the kitchen parts and production parts out much better, so it's much easier for us to make pizza a lot faster.” 

Other changes to note is the absence of Shakespeare's parking. 

“We’ve got something that we say a lot, 'It’s the pizza stupid' and another thing we say is, 'It's just pizza', so we’re glad to be back on the corner of 9th and Elm making pizza," Mirtsching said. 

Mirtsching said the restaurant may look into hosting an annual event similar to Saturday's party. 

 

More News

Grid
List
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Missouri woman faces 12 years in federal prison for leading a fraud scheme. The U.S.... More >>
27 minutes ago December 03, 2016 Dec 3, 2016 Saturday, December 03 2016 Saturday, December 03, 2016 3:29:38 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Over 40 local authors showed off their work and networked with other writers at the Local Authors Open... More >>
1 hour ago December 03, 2016 Dec 3, 2016 Saturday, December 03 2016 Saturday, December 03, 2016 2:55:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Around 10 a.m. Saturday, a man driving his car northbound near Highway 63 and Stadium flipped over. No... More >>
4 hours ago December 03, 2016 Dec 3, 2016 Saturday, December 03 2016 Saturday, December 03, 2016 11:38:33 AM CST in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have struggled to find a way to pay for repairs along thousands of miles... More >>
4 hours ago December 03, 2016 Dec 3, 2016 Saturday, December 03 2016 Saturday, December 03, 2016 10:59:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri is seeing a startling decline in methamphetamine lab seizures, but it isn't because users are... More >>
5 hours ago December 03, 2016 Dec 3, 2016 Saturday, December 03 2016 Saturday, December 03, 2016 10:50:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Women's Symphony League kicked off the annual Holiday Home Tour, which is its biggest fundraiser of the... More >>
11 hours ago December 03, 2016 Dec 3, 2016 Saturday, December 03 2016 Saturday, December 03, 2016 4:12:00 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY- The Jefferson City Fire Department responded to reports of smoke coming from a building in the 200 block... More >>
11 hours ago December 03, 2016 Dec 3, 2016 Saturday, December 03 2016 Saturday, December 03, 2016 3:57:00 AM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - Following the election of Donald Trump, some students gathered for what they called a "positivity event". KOMU sent... More >>
20 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 7:05:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers are proposing bills that would make attacking a law enforcement officer a hate crime.... More >>
23 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 4:51:13 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Lawmakers are proposing bills that would make Missouri a right-to-work state. The Springfield News-Leader... More >>
23 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 4:46:41 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A former Kansas City, Missouri, man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for his... More >>
23 hours ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 4:23:47 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Gov. Nixon and his wife Georganne kicked off the holiday season in the state's capital with Friday's... More >>
1 day ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:36:00 PM CST in News
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — A Missouri man who spent eight years behind bars for murder has been acquitted in a... More >>
1 day ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:26:56 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities said fireworks that were mistaken for gunshots led to a standoff near Rockhurst University. ... More >>
1 day ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:09:14 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The former general manager of a suburban St. Louis car dealership is accused of defrauding the... More >>
1 day ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:05:38 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — The incoming president of the University of Missouri System and officials attending a welcoming ceremony in... More >>
1 day ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 3:00:15 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A $2,000 donation will help protect South Callaway residents from potentially deadly house fires. Safeco Insurance's Protecting... More >>
1 day ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 2:52:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A Fulton woman has pleaded guilty to money-laundering related to distributing synthetic cannabinoids, or K2, at businesses... More >>
1 day ago December 02, 2016 Dec 2, 2016 Friday, December 02 2016 Friday, December 02, 2016 2:45:00 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 45°
4pm 44°
5pm 42°
6pm 41°
7pm 40°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

1:30p
PGA Tour Golf
4:00p
Skiing
5:00p
Jeopardy!
3:00p
Rookie Blue
4:00p
Rookie Blue
5:00p
Cops Reloaded

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
It's a Wonderful Life
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld