Tonasket Pizza Company: New owner, same pizza

TONASKET – There won’t be much changing at the Tonasket Pizza Company, despite a recent change in ownership.

That’s because the carryover begins with the restaurant’s new owners, Anai Padilla and her husband Aaron Polito, who bought the restaurant when John and Stephanie Hulse retired.

Padilla has been making pizza there since 2004, and when the opportunity came to buy the restaurant, she was ready to take it.

“It was a quick decision,” she said. “When they decided to retire, we just started talking and it just came out of that.

“It wasn’t planned at all, but I’m very excited.”

Padilla said that she’s not planning any major changes to the store or the menu.

“I won’t change anything right away,” she said. “I want to make sure people are happy with the change of owners. We might add a few things to the menu, but mostly it will stay the same.”

Padilla said she doesn’t expect her change in status from employee to owner to change a whole lot.

“I like cooking a lot and being around the customers,” she said. “It’s been like a second home. The one thing that will change is I’ll have a lot more paperwork.”

The restaurant will continue to be open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m – 8 p.m.

“I just want to welcome all our customers to come and east pizza,” Padilla said. “It’s a family restaurant, so bring everyone.”