Pasta Jay's, the Italian restaurant concept founded in downtown Boulder more than 25 years ago, is manufacturing its pasta sauce for retail, officials announced Tuesday.

Pasta Jay's plans to can its marinara sauce in 24-ounce jars and start selling them in its restaurants on March 24. Pasta Jay's operates restaurants at 1001 Pearl St. in Boulder, at 9226 Park Meadows Drive in Lone Tree and 4 S. Main St. in Moab, Utah.

“This is something that's been in the works for a long time,” said Jay Elowsky, Pasta Jay's owner.

The intention is to eventually widen the distribution of the secret family recipe sauce to specialty grocery stores, he said.

“I'm trying to get it into the local markets here in Boulder and see where it goes from there,” he said.

Pasta Jay's Marinara is manufactured at the Kitchen Network commissary in Denver, Elowsky said.