Jalino's Pizza, a Boulder pizzeria that typically buzzes with flocks of students during the weekday lunchtimes, has instead sat empty in recent weeks with little indication as to the reasons for closure.
That dark and quiet state is temporary, Jalino's owner said.
The venerable pizza joint that neighbors Boulder High School is undergoing a remodel and is expected to open in the coming week.
Owner Judson Weaver, who bought Jalino's in 2012, said he planned to give the nearly 30-year-old eatery a make-over during the recent winter break. That work, however, took longer than expected because of actions related to the permitting process, he said.
"I wanted to bring it up, freshen it up, get a new look in there," he said of Jalino's, 1647 Arapahoe Ave.
That included the installation of a point-of-sale system, conveyor belt ovens and new counter tops. It also involved the cleaning of nearly 30 years of flour embedded in the grout, he said.
Weaver and crew moved forward on the remodel around Christmas time, but received a "stop work" order from the city as no permit was submitted or approved, he said.
"That is why we've been stopped for so long," he said.
City of Boulder officials visited Jalino's after receiving a complaint and issued the order, said Mike Banuelos, a city of Boulder spokesman. The city approved a permit for Jalino's work last week, he said.
Weaver estimated the remodel's cost to be in the $60,000 to $70,000 range and projected that the business could reopen by Feb. 20.
"I really think this will help our business in the long run," Weaver said.
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