Chad’s Pizza and Restaurant, a Dyersville staple, has not allowed customers to dine in their pizzeria in months. About a year ago, owner Chad Clouse decided to completely remodel his business and give it a makeover. The inside of the building was gutted and wiped clean. Now, Chad’s Pizza is set to reopen for dine-in customers Thursday, Nov. 12.
The possibility of finding a new location crossed Clouse’s mind, but he was not ready to give up on the pizza-rich history of the current building.
“We wanted to stay in this location because the building has been a pizzeria for 43 years,” Clouse said. “The city is spending money in this area, and we want to be part of it.”
Timing for this project ended up working perfectly for Chad’s Pizza. They were planning on closing down the dine-in part of their business, but then the COVID-19 pandemic hit and required a mandatory shutdown.
“It is ironic that we decided to do this when we did,” Clouse said. “We were planning on shutting down anyways to remodel, and then the country closes its doors.”
Construction on the project was done in two phases. Phase one was centered around removing the original kitchen and building it in the back, and the second focused on the dining area.
The kitchen was the driving force behind the remodel. Not only did it get a new location in the restaurant, but it now has walk-in coolers and more pizza ovens.
“I wanted to move the kitchen,” Clouse said. “We just outgrew our old one.”
Plenty of new, updated amenities have been added. The whole restaurant is now handicap accessible and the building is touchless. This includes hands-free lights and sinks in the bathroom and an automatic sliding front door.
The business is now computerized as well. A customized exhaust system helps neutralize the temperature of the restaurant.
Some of the new kitchen equipment’s arrival was delayed by the virus, but the pizzeria is good to go.
The outside also received a facelift. The old exterior was taken down and finished with brick.
“I am just so thankful for the community we are in,” Clouse said. “I am glad we are staying in this pizzeria.”
Originally, the restaurant was going to open up a few months ago, but Clouse elected to keep it closed for safety reasons. The soft opening for Chad’s Pizza is Wednesday, Nov. 11 with the dining room being open Thursday, Nov. 12.