• Thu. May 19th, 2022

Renovations underway at The Pizza Company

ByLinda W. Smith

May 1, 2022

Fans of The Pizza Company may notice the East McCarty staple getting an update inside and out.

The popular Jefferson City pizzeria is adding a new terrace for outdoor dining, equipped with ceiling fans and televisions. Owner Scott Drinkard said there had been a porch when he took over the business, but it was removed several years ago to fix a leak.

“I know a lot of times people want to sit outside, but they don’t really want to sit in direct sunlight,” Drinkard said. “So we’ve just done about half a covered patio, and then the other half is uncovered. So that’s what we did, and we threw a few ceiling fans and a TV in there, so if they want to sit outside in the afternoon and watch Cardinals games or something.”

Drinkard said the new addition could be ready for use as early as next week.

The interior also sees a facelift with new carpets and paint and a downstairs area. Currently a small games room, the area is planned to become an overflow area for diners.

Drinkard said the renovation had been underway for a long time but had been stalled by the pandemic.

“It takes time and money, and we were just moving forward, and then COVID hits. Obviously that throws everything for a major loop,” he said. “Well, we still wanted to keep doing everything and cleaning up our renovation and everything, but we’re thrilled with how it’s going. It’s got a really neat look to it now, and once we’re done, it’ll really be fine finally. I think.”

Drinkard, which owns several businesses in the area, is also updating POS systems in each location, with The Pizza Company’s update taking place last week. The point of sale system is the software and hardware that allows the business to make a sale to customers at a checkout or online. Where they once consisted of a cash register, modern point-of-sale systems are digital, an upgrade Drinkard said he’s making across his businesses to streamline sales and modernize business operations.

“This one’s just going to be a bit more modernized, and that’s going to help all of our management do their best to keep everything up to date,” he said. “The biggest issue in the industry today is manpower. So anything we can do to help our people give them all the tools they need to make their job easier and more efficient, that’s what I want to do and provide to him.”

The Pizza Company is located at 1508 E. McCarty. It is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, and 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Toast’s new point-of-sale (POS) system, as seen Thursday at The Pizza Company on East McCarty Street. (Julie Smith/News Tribune)
photo Renovations are underway Thursday at The Pizza Company on East McCarty Street. (Julie Smith/News Tribune)

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