Johnny Brusco’s prepares to relocate in downtown Jasper

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 4/18/17

Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza in Jasper is preparing to relocate from its current location beside Wal-Mart to the heart of downtown Jasper.

Mother and daughter duo Janie and Bethanne Wilson own Jasper’s Johnny Brusco’s and were busy Thursday observing the ongoing renovation of their new location downtown, located in an empty space of the old Woolworth’s building on 19th Street.

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Johnny Brusco’s prepares to relocate in downtown Jasper

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Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza in Jasper is preparing to relocate from its current location beside Wal-Mart to the heart of downtown Jasper.

Mother and daughter duo Janie and Bethanne Wilson own Jasper’s Johnny Brusco’s and were busy Thursday observing the ongoing renovation of their new location downtown, located in an empty space of the old Woolworth’s building on 19th Street.

Janie says their new location will be slightly larger and have a modernized, yet rustic, feel. The menu will remain the same, but they will be offering several lunch specials for locals on the go, such as pizza by the slice, sandwiches and lunch salads.

“I’m excited about the downtown district and what’s happening down here, and I would like us to be a part of it,” Janie said.

Janie said her family has a long history of being involved in the business sector of Jasper, particularly downtown, and her parents and siblings have owned a number of businesses, including Carol’s, now located in the Jasper Mall, and former stores such as Jenny N Me, The Strawberry Patch and an antique market. Johnny Brusco’s was the family’s first business in the food industry.

“It’s like coming back home,” Janie said as she looked around the downtown district.

Johnny Brusco’s will have an advantage over other food establishments downtown — their own parking lot.

The parking lot will be located behind the restaurant, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and 20th Street.

Customers will be able to use a back entrance to the restaurant, and special parking spots for takeout orders will be available.

Janie said there will still be a window for guests to observe pizzas being tossed, and their kid friendly atmosphere will remain, which includes giving children pizza dough to play with.

The dining room will have tables and booths, surrounded by the building’s authentic brick walls and newly installed wooden wall panels. Bar seating will also be available.

Bethanne said they hope to attract students after school in their new location, and she said she looks forward to having new customers, in addition to their loyal diners.

“We’re excited about meeting new people that didn’t know we were in Jasper before,” Bethanne said.

Johnny Brusco’s will open downtown in the coming weeks. Jasper Main Street has announced that the restaurant will join Twisted Barley Brewing Company, Shmic & Boo’s Boo’tiful Treasures, the First United Methodist Youth Center and Tallulah Brewing Company in opening their doors in the downtown district this year.

Jasper Main Street Executive Director Mike Putman told the Eagle last month that Johnny Brusco’s will be a good addition to the downtown Jasper restaurant scene.

“It’s another restaurant, but it’s a different variety. This will give us an Italian pizza place, which we don’t have in downtown Jasper,” Putman said.

Johnny’s New York Style Pizza and Johnny Brusco’s Pizza have over 70 locations in eight states. Johnny’s Pizza roots can be traced back to 1965 in New York, and the Johnny Brusco’s franchise started in Georgia in 2003.