Willie Beasley and Stuart Watson, co-owners of Antonio’s Pizza & Pasta in Monkey Junction and at Hanover Center, are opening a new location at 7041 Wrightsville Ave., in the building that formerly housed Martino’s Fine Italian Foods.
Martino’s had operated an Italian and catering service at the location for the past 10 years.
Michael Roberts, general manger at the Monkey Junction location of Antonio's Pizza, confirmed the opening, but did not have transaction details. Calls to Martin and Sylvia Pica, owners of the property, were not answered.
Renovations are soon to be under way to upfit the former storeroom to a full-service dining room. The kitchen, already equipped with pizza ovens, requires minimal restructuring, according to Roberts, who will manage the new location.
The dining room is expected to seat about 60, and the menu will be the same as the other Antonio’s locations with take-out and delivery service available. The delivery area is still being determined, but Roberts said it is expected to include all of Wrightsville Beach as well as much of the area between Mayfaire and South College Road along Oleander Drive.
Roberts said that when Beasley and Watson purchased Antonio’s at Monkey Junction in early 2015, they did so with the intention of growing the business to include several locations. The Hanover Center location was leased in the fall of 2015.
“This new location is in a prime location,” Roberts said. “We anticipate being very busy there.”
An early October opening is expected.
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