Davanza’s No. 2 succeeds at Junction
Tucked away near Wal-Mart is part II of Davanza’s aspiring world-class beer can collection, marked by rusted, classic cans from the turn of the century and new shiny cans from Thailand and China.
Those familiar with the Park Avenue Davanza’s will recognize the donated photographs of wind-chapped skiers tacked to the walls, and the empty can décor at the new Kimball Junction location hallmarks of the Old Town restaurant that owners say started with a college roommate’s donation and continues to expand as friends and customers bring back their empties from their travels.
The new collection at the Junction has room to grow, however, and a small sign indicates anyone who brings in a photograph or a can, will receive 20 percent off their order.
Tom Troilo, who owns Davanza’s with his younger brothers Chris and John, says he is certain that opening a second Davanza’s at Kimball Junction October last year was the right decision, though he was skeptical at first.
He’s found, however, Park City’s often cost-prohibitive real estate prices have pushed many of the restaurant’s devoted customers to other parts of the county. This winter, his staff delivered hundreds of pizzas, tacos and sandwiches each night from both of their locations, some as far as the Jordanelle Reservoir and Silver Creek.
"I wasn’t sure we needed a restaurant out here, but people kept asking us and the demand was definitely there and that’s the reason we’re out here now," he says.
In the midst of neighboring big box retailers and fast food restaurant neighbors on Landmark Drive, Troilo, has worked to establish a rich atmosphere that nearly replicates the Old Town Davanza’s that inhabits a historic building with vaulted ceilings.
The black-and-white checkered floor, the metal seats, the neon lights and the paint colors he describes as "catsup and fry sauce" set the mood for the rock and roll music that hums in the background. At 1,600 square feet, Davanza’s at the Junction is slightly smaller than its Old Town counterpart, he notes, but it’s still got the same attitude Davanza’s has maintained for eight years — a pizza, taco and burger restaurant that welcomes all walks of life.
"There aren’t many places left where people on a budget can feel comfortable," he explains. "And I think people who come here spending thousands of dollars on a ski vacation, appreciate the fact that they can feed seven members of their family here for $50."
Davanza’s has not raised prices on its menu items, since it moved from its former location next to Park City’s Holiday Village Cinemas, according to Troilo.
Originally, his brother Chris, a Park City High School football coach at the time, managed the first location, which opened in 1998. With the help of Jose Cruz, who now manages the Park Avenue location, the two worked to enhance the pizza recipe the Troilos inherited from the former owners, and introduced fish, bean, beef and chicken tacos to the menu. The taco shells are handmade by Cruz’s wife, Rosia.
High school students immediately embraced Davanza’s as their lunch and afterschool eatery, Tom Troilo recalls, and continue to return as post-graduates and college students.
"High school kids have been the biggest supporters by far and this is the first place college students come back to when they come home," he says, beaming.
A Salt Lake crowd has made note of Davanza’s as well, Troilo adds. They make the trek east especially for the restaurant’s Philly steak — a hoagie stacked with mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, cheese and mayonnaise.
Davanza’s at Kimball, like Davanza’s on Park Avenue, offers four beers on tap, including Hefeweisen, Cutthroat and Budwiser, and Corona by the bottle. Burgers include a Texas Burger made with refried beans as well as veggie burgers. The menu also features chicken breast, chicken parmesan and Italian subs.
Inspired by the neighborhood restaurants in their hometown in Texas, the Troilo family has been especially pleased that the community has continued their support of Davanza’s and their hardworking staff, Troilo says.
"What keeps us in business is that everyone in town, regardless of genre, can come in and feel comfortable, [but] the fact that Davanza’s has now become synonymous with pizza and Park City we definitely owe all of that to our staff," he said.
Davanza’s at the Junction is located at 6531 N. Landmark and can be reached by calling 655-3222. Davanza’s Old Town is located at 650 Park Ave. and can by reached by calling 649-2222. Davanza’s is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
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