Hot Tomato plans celebration of 10 years in business

The Hot Tomato Cafe & Pizzeria in Fruita has scheduled a celebration for Oct. 3 to mark 10 years in business.

The event will begin at 10:45 a.m. with what’s billed as the shortest parade in the world with a procession of bicycles, costumes and musical instruments from the intersection of Aspen and Mulberry streets to the restaurant at 124 N. Mulberry St.

Ten of hours of music is planned for the patio at the restaurant, including a performance by headliner Tight Thump starting at 7 p.m.

The Hot Tomato will sell $2 pints and $2 slices all day. Tickets for a raffle sell for $5, offering a chance to win a New Belgium Brewery bicycle and pizza for a year.

Owners Jen Zuener and Anne Keller worked in a bike shop in Fruita, but opened the pizzeria to realize their aspirations for running their own business. The Hot Tomato since has become as popular an eatery for visiting mountain bikers and other outdoor adventurers as a diverse local clientele. For more information, visit