Pizzeria scheduled to reopen following makeover

A restaurant that’s served pizzas, pastas and salads in downtown Grand Junction for more than 35 years is scheduled to soon reopen with a new look.

Junct’n Square Pizza is set to reopen no later than Feb. 11 following the renovation of the restaurant at 119 N. Seventh St., said Sara Donaldson, who took over operation of the family business last spring.

“After 35 years, it was time for a facelift,” Donaldson said. “It’s going to have a fresh, modern look that will be more inviting for our guests.”

Donaldson’s parents, Earl and Mary Stevenson, founded Junct’n Square Pizza in 1977.

“I grew up in the business, went to school for restaurant management and have been working in food and beverage in Las Vegas, Nev., for 15 years. My ultimate goal was to come home,” Donaldson said.

While the decor will be new when Junct’n Square Pizza reopens, the menu won’t, Donaldson said. “It’s going to be the menu from 1977, printed on pizza paddles with the same great food: salads, pastas, pizzas and garlic bread.”

The renovation is just the start for Donaldson, who said she hopes to expand the operation. “I want to carry on my family’s legacy. I have a lot of nostalgia with the restaurant. I’m excited to add my own little touches without losing its history.”