For longtime Village Pizza employee Meghan Wagner, July 1 came with a chance to get into the driver’s seat. After years of working for owner Anthony Prizzia, Wagner bought the restaurant with her business partner Renee Mitchell. Wagner and Mitchell took over New Paltz’s iconic pizza place early this month. “We are looking forward to changing some things, but also keeping some things the same,” explained Wagner, who noted they planned some minor renovations and slight menu changes.
But first, the business partners want to attract more college students away from the Main Street core to Village Pizza on Route 32.
“We definitely want to get it back to what it used to be,” she said. “We used to have lines out the door for ice cream.”
For Wagner, 25, Village Pizza’s former manager for nearly five years, the transition is a next step in her career. Her brother worked at the pizzeria, it’s how she met current business partner Mitchell.
“I actually worked for her or Anthony for eight years,” she said.
So far, customers aren’t exactly used to Prizzia’s absence. Wagner said customers still ask about him, but they’ve been encouraging about the ownership change.
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