Seagrove's oldest pizza parlor is set to move on down the road.
Bruno's Pizza opened in its
In 1990, "the season" pretty much consisted of between Memorial Day and Labor Day, said Bruno's owner Jeff Goodman.
"After that, you had to close. Back then, there were many days when I would close out the register with zero sales. Things have changed a lot," he said.
Things have changed so much that Goodman needs more space to deal with the growth in the area and the demand for his pizzas.
"I have seen an increase of 30 to 40 percent over the last four years. I have been too busy," he said. "I have outgrown my 760-square feet of space and it's difficult to move around in the dining room with customers in there. I need more space."
Bruno's will close this weekend in its present location and move three miles east to
Goodman's space will more than double with the move. His new dining room will boast close to 50 square feet plus a deck for outside dining, where he now has 19.
The location is south of 30A, the second right turn past Deer
While there are not many businesses out that way, and Goodman won't see the foot traffic he saw in his
"That used to be the Bermuda Triangle for businesses, but WaterSound is the largest subdivision here. That's where growth is going on 30A. I would not move if I didn't think it would be successful," he said. “It will be a more pleasurable dining experience with a totally open kitchen and people can watch us making the dough and sauce, and the pizza being cooked."
Goodman's current staff will go with him to the new location. Some of that staff has been with him for 19 years.
"Everyone is worried that everything will change, but everything will remain the same. It will be the same menu, same staff, same prices. I am not going to try to fix what's not broken," he said.
Goodman attributes a lot of his success to having a great staff that has stayed with him through the years.
"They are great with people and know the customers by name. People come in and feel like they are part of a community," he said. "I am just an Alabama Redneck who was in the right place at the right time."
Goodman hopes to reopen a week after the move and is shooting for the Grand Reopening on Dec. 16.
Bruno's Pizza will be open in the off season from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., seven days a week. Its number will remain the same: 231-1452.