Joe Rice sells Pizza Artisan and 690 building

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Joe Rice confirmed with Buckrail he has sold Pizza Artisan along with the entire bottom floor of the building at 690 West Broadway. The deal is signed but will not take effect until April when current year leases have expired. Rice would not name the buyer but said there are no plans to continue a restaurant onsite—it is most likely going to be converted into office space.

Rice opened the eatery originally as Pizza Antica in 2013 under his Blue Collar Restaurant Group umbrella. It was formerly known as Giovanni’s. He quickly changed the name to Pizza Artisan.

Rice assured all the employees from the pizzeria who wanted to continue with the restaurant group are doing so. He has transferred a few high-level managers already to his Sidewinders in Bozeman, Montana, and to his other restaurants in Jackson. Blue Collar Restaurant Group includes Sidewinders American Grill, Merry Piglets Mexican Grill, Bubba’s Bar-B-Que, Noodles Kitchen, and Liberty Burgers.

Rice said the time was right. Meridian Trust will be moving out of the 690 building when their new branch, just a block away at the former Loaf ‘N’ Jug site, is open. The deal also frees up cash for him to pump into his two housing projects in Jackson.

Rice is in the process of building a 90-unit housing project at 550 W Broadway (site of the old Sagebrush Motel) with partner John Shelton. He is also renovating Teton Gables Motel after purchasing it for employee housing.

 

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