The comments are roaring in to the Pinky's Pizza
Facebook page, following news from former owner Tom Beisheim that he will reopen the restaurant in a new Walnut Creek location this fall.
"Excellent! So glad to see the best pizza on earth will once again be available,"wrote one fan.
"Tom, this is the best news ever," wrote another. "When we moved to WC 44 years ago Pinky's was the first place we ate and we never got tired of it. Other pizzas just just don't have the great Pinky's taste!!! Can't wait for the opening."
"WHAT?????????????????????????????????' wrote a third. "Please say this is TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited. I love Pinky's!
Pinky's closed in August 2008 at its location in the strip mall on South California Boulevard across from Trader Joe's. A very annoying landlord dispute also forced the closure of Sunrise Cafe and Bakery in the same location.
As with others posting on the Facebook page, Pinky's provided my lifelong standard for pizza. I grew up living in the neighborhood near Pinky's and even went to school with a brother of Tom Beisheim. So, that's where my family would go out or from where we would order pizza. I still compare every pizza I eat--even when I was traveling in Italy--to what I used to get at Pinky's--especially to the Pinky's everything-you-can-throw-on-it Combination pizza.
Tom says he was happily enjoying retirement after nearly 40 years of running the Walnut Creek institution, the site of local sports team parties, family dinners, and Las Lomas High get-togethers. But Tom, now at home raising two young children, admits he missed the "chaos" of running the restaurant and the comaraderie with customers and co-workers.
So, with another Las Lomas High alum, Dan Lilly, is re-opening Pinky's in a new location on North Broadway, across the street from the Toyota of Walnut Creek dealership. If everything goes OK with the city permitting process, the new and improved Pinky's should be open by early October.
Beisheim, who will serve as the restaurant's front-of-the-house manager, can't believe the exultant response he's received. He spent much of Monday, late into the night, responding to phone calls and emails and reading through the hundreds of Facebook comments he's received.
"It's blowing up on Facebook," he says. "The love is incredible."
The new Pinky's, like the former, will reflect Tom's love of family and community.
In addition to Lilly, the new owner, the landlord of the building is an Acalanes High alum who worked diligently with Tom and Dan Lilly to make sure that Pinky's will be a success.
Pinky's fans, writing from all across the country, have no doubt that Pinky's will more than thrive.
When Tom posed this question on Facebook: "
"Might be a week long party!! =) Cant wait to have your pizza again! I can almost taste it..."