After 47 years in the same location, Lebanon’s Pizza King will move out of the city’s downtown next month.
Co-owners John Stathers and Jim Morog are moving the business to 2360 N. Lebanon St., to the former Magoo’s building in Daniel’s Plaza. The move is exciting for Stathers and Morog after an attempt to relocate the business in January failed.“The whole community has been so positive about the move,” Stathers said. “We’re excited, really looking forward to it.”The owners attempted to move Pizza King to the current Stats building in January, but plans for a new location for Stats fell through. They have been looking for a new location for Pizza King since they purchased the business last November. They wanted to move the restaurant to a larger place to allow for an eat-in option instead of carry-out only. And this new building is an ideal location, Stathers said.“The location and the parking are just great,” he said. “Our goal is to triple our business.”Stathers and Morog acquired the new building in March. They are in the process of completely renovating it, including putting in custom-made six-person booths. There will be seating for 100 people, but there will also be a carry-out-only entrance.
Stathers assures that the menu will not change, including the Edith bread. All of the same Pizza King products will be offered. And the menu may even be expanded later on to include some other Pizza King options that they currently do not have enough room to prepare, such as spaghetti and salads.“When you have a Pizza King license, you have to buy their products,” Stathers explained. “And why would we want to change a good thing?”Until the move, Pizza King’s hours have been cut back. It opens at 4 p.m. Monday to Friday, and at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. It closes at 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. It will never close altogether — it will either be open at its current 115 E. Washington St. location or the new location. Once it moves, Stathers said they will likely extend their hours, possibly from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.