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Pizza comes - again - to Casade Summit

Spectator Pizza opened for business Aug. 3 in West Linn


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Spectator Pizza and Pub offers classics like pepperoni as well as many specialty pizzas.The previously vacant storefront next to Bank of America in West Linn’s Cascade Summit shopping center has a new tenant selling a familiar product. Spectator Pizza and Pub opened for business Aug. 3, taking over the space where Island Sam’s Pizza, Mean Street Pizza and Pizza Schmizza have previously operated.

The family-owned pizza business hopes to develop an immediate connection with the West Linn community and provide quality specialty pizzas that aren’t offered anywhere else. The restaurant is particularly anxious to connect with schools in the area, and eventually provide pizza at WLHS football games.

“It’s all about West Linn and doing what the community wants of us,” said general manager Jeremy Klein. “We’ll be involved with the community in different capacities and hopefully with the high school sports here as well.”

Between unique offerings such as the “SpecTATOR” pizza — one that features alfredo sauce, mozzarella, sausage, peppered bacon, aged white cheddar cheese and key ingredient roasted red potatoes, and the “pizza of happiness and enlightenment” — teriyaki sauce, mozzarella, grilled chicken, dill pickles and kewpie Japanese mayonnaise — there’s something for all types of pizza lovers at Spectator.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Spectator Pizza and Pub staff gets ready for customers.

“We have a lot of different kinds of pizza,” said manager and head chef Zach Powers. “I’ve been making them for a long time and I just kind of took styles from different regions of the world.”

The restaurant also serves sandwiches, salads, wings and breadsticks, and will serve beer and provide growler service once it gets its liquor license, but its emphasis is primarily pizza.

While past pizza businesses in the location have experienced varying success, Spectator Pizza is confident it can stick in West Linn.

“After talking to a lot of people we kind of discovered that the reasons (previous businesses) didn’t work out wasn’t potential of the area or anything like that, it was more management and ownership,” Powers said. “After hearing that and because we’re confident in our pizza we thought it would be a good place for us. We do think there’s a demand in the area for good pizza.”

So far, both Klein and Powers agreed that reception from the West Linn community has been as good as they could have hoped for. While both are relatively new to the area, they say they’re excited to be in West Linn.

“(West Linn) is new to me but I really like it so far,” Powers said. “Driving up the hill for the first time to see where I was going to be working was a good surprise.”

“It’s really been great so far,” Klein added. “People seem genuinely excited that we’re here and we’re just as excited to be here.”

Contact Andrew Kilstrom at 503-636-1281 ext. 112 or akilstrom@pamplinmedia.

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