The Pizza Factory has been a fixture at the Payson Village Shopping Center for 20 years. There have been only two owners, Jack Chambers, who opened it, and the Dahlman family, who operate it now. Gail Dahlman managed the restaurant for Chambers before she and her husband purchased it.
The hand-tossed pizzas, with fresh, high-quality ingredients, have kept customers coming back to the shop for years. They have also made it an especially popular place for many of the local sports teams to gather after games.
Because Payson's Pizza Factory is so popular with area teams, the Dahlmans have talked about expanding their serving area for a couple of years. Seven months ago, they decided to go forward with the plan and now have doubled the regular service area and added a party room for all their sports team customers and anyone else who needs a separate place for meetings or special celebrations.
The party room can seat from 40 to 45 people. The addition to the regular service area brings the capacity to about 150, excluding the party room.
"We have had lots of positive feedback from the community on the expansion," Gail said.
The Dahlman family is inviting everyone in Payson and the Rim Country to join them for their grand re-opening from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the expanded Pizza Factory, 238 E. Highway 260, Suite 154.
Special features of the grand re-opening celebration include a 10-foot replica of "Andy" the company logo, a mountain bike raffle, an hourly giveaway of a free large pizza, with the winner's choice of topping, party bags for children 12 and under and cake for everyone.
Both the party room and the new serving area have televisions. The party room television has equipment for viewing game tapes.
The new addition also includes an arcade area.
Rodney Dahlman said they might be enlarging the restaurant's salad bar in the coming months.
For now, the hours and menu will stay the same. Changes could be made, depending on the community's needs.
"We really expanded for our customers," Gail said.
The restaurant offers home delivery as well as dine-in seating. Deliveries are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to closing Monday through Saturday and from 4 p.m. to closing Sundays. The delivery area includes all of Payson, out to the Mazatzal Casino and Mesa del Caballo and Star Valley. Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The shop offers frequent discounts and specials for couples and seniors. They work closely with area sports teams, Payson Community Kids and the Time Out Shelter, to provide reduced-priced food and coupons and more for fund-raising efforts.
The Dahlmans will celebrate their seventh anniversary as owners of Payson Pizza Factory in July. The business is a franchise, but each of the restaurants is individually owned.
The local Pizza Factory has such a good reputation in the company, it does all the training for the state, Gail said. So, she trained her husband and daughters and son-in-law when they purchased the restaurant.
Her three daughters have all worked in the restaurant since they were teens. Megan and Reneé are still at the shop, along with son-in-law, Matt Sharman.
For more information about the grand re-opening from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, party reservations or delivery, call (928) 474-1895.