Customers return to refurbished pizzeria
THE Boulevard Pizzeria has risen out of the ashes shortly after the second anniversary of the fire that ripped through a City Beach shopping centre, causing $3 million damage.
The blaze ignited in the early hours of May 13, 2014, at The Boulevard Shopping Centre, gutting a pharmacy, fish and chip shop and butcher.
When the flames were extinguished, the ash cleared and the dust settled, Pizza Pasta Boulevard, run by the Cestrilli family for 20 years, was fortunately untouched.
While they were able to continue to trade for more than a year after the fire, the complex owners wanted to remodel and enacted a demolition clause in the lease which meant the pizza shop would be demolished along with the other shops.
Mary Cestrilli said there was no plan to relocate.
“We wanted to stay here because we have nice customers; they are pretty loyal because they have come back,’ she said.
“The first week, Friday night was packed; we had lines out the door on the weekend.”
Her son Dion said the six months downtime was tough but the support from the public upon re-opening was a silver lining.
Here to stay: Caleb Cestrilli (grandson), Dion Cestrilli (son) Tony Cestrilli, Mary Cestrilli and Emma Cestrilli (granddaughter) at their new pizza joint.