Craig McEwen, Published April 24 2009
Jimmy’s delivers for family
Fey is running Jimmy’s Pizza, a family-owned restaurant at 219 6th St. in downtown Hawley.
“I’ve been in food service all my life,” she said. “I’ve been everything from a dishwasher to a bartender to a cook.”
Co-owners are her husband, Matt Fey, and his parents, Clydine and Darryl Fey.
They had eaten at the Jimmy’s Pizza in Pelican Rapids and liked it, Kimberly Fey said.
Her mother-in-law suggested opening a Jimmy’s Pizza in Hawley.
“It’s family owned, but I run it,” said Fey, who grew up in neighboring Audubon.
The menu at Jimmy’s Pizza includes 15 types of pizza, calzones, pasta, salads and piegas – a baked flatbread filled with toppings and melted cheese, lettuce and vegetables.
More than a dozen appetizers, desserts and combos are also offered.
“We also do take and bake, so if somebody doesn’t have time for us to make it in our oven, they can take it home and make it in their oven,” Fey said.
The Hawley restaurant seats about 32 customers and delivers within a
10-mile radius of town.
“We go to Hitterdal and Lake Park. We go as far (east) as the Buffalo River Speedway,” she said.
“Or we will meet them anywhere they want to meet,” within that distance.
Jim and Jana Gordon opened the first Jimmy’s Pizza in 1986 at Pine City, Minn. They franchised the business 10 years later. The company headquarters is in Willmar.
The company has 42 restaurants in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Colorado.
Another six restaurants are scheduled to open over the next six months, Jim Gordon said.
“For the most part, we’ve tried to stay in the smaller market,” he said. “That’s been a good fit for us.”
The Hawley restaurant employs about 10 people part time. “A lot of kids work here,” Fey said.
“It’s been a very good decision,” she said. “I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Restaurant hours are from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
To contact the restaurant call (218) 486-5151.
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