SOUTHINGTON -Max Pizza is opening its sixth location at the former Plantsville Pizza location Saturday.
Owner Stelios Koutouvides said that he is proud of how far his business has come since first opening in Bristol in 1976.
“It’s kind of a great accomplishment,” said Koutouvides. “We make a good product that the customers really like, we have good customers and we have great employees. Great employees are the biggest asset you can have in this business and teamwork is very important.”
The new location, opening at 848 S. Main St., Plantsville, will now join a location in Bristol (and another Bristol location soon on the way), one in Newington, one in Burlington and one in New Britain as the local chain continues to expand.
Koutouvides said that he had been getting several customers from Southington at his Bristol location. He then “found the right space” and began moving in furniture and decorating the walls with his own paintings. Koutouvides noted that he has been an avid painter for many years.
As for the name Max Pizza, he said that he named the restaurants after his dog from his childhood.
“My own name is hard, nobody would remember it,” he laughed. “I felt Max would be a simple name that everybody would like and that they wouldn’t forget.”
As for the future of the Max Pizza chain, Koutouvides said that he is going to wait a year or two and see how this new location does. If it is successful, he may consider expanding to a seventh location in another town.
Koutouvides encouraged anyone who hasn’t tried Max Pizza to stop in, let him know that they are a first time customer and he will give them a free slice of pizza to try.
Max Pizza 6 will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Koutouvides is in the process of creating a website that has the menus for all his restaurants. That site will be MaxPizzaOnline.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.