JT’s Pizza Depot
JT’s Pizza & Spirits was founded in June of 1975 by Joe Cucinella and Tom Hudley (“J and T”…you always wondered, didn’t you?), in the tiny location on the west end of our current building. The business they purchased, right next door to the old “Majik Market”, was called “Da Besta Pizza”, and featured 100 ft of prime 28th street frontage, and 200 square feet of business space.
The “Depot” name came from a desire to decorate the restaurant in a train motif, which was prevalent in all of our locations in the early days.
By the end of that first year, Tom decided to head in a different direction professionally. Joe bought out Tom’s share and has solely owned JTs Pizza & Spirits ever since. His comment at the time was that he needed a job and bought one for himself! Joe and his wife Becky were newlyweds in 1975, too, and he and Becky set out to build the business as a true labor of love, and a family enterprise.
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