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Godfather's Pizza Returns to Denver Today After Nearly Twenty Years

The wait is over: Godfather's Pizza returns to the Denver metro area today after nearly twenty years away when a new franchise of the Nebraska-based chain opens at 11 a.m. at 2350 East 120th Avenue in Thornton. While the city has plenty of other pizza options to choose from, Midwesterners and others who grew up eating the thick, bready pies with toppings like the Bacon Cheesburger, Classic Combo and Taco Pie will be glad to see the familiar old menu, even if the look and feel of the new location is sleek and modern.

The new Godfather's, owned by franchisees Cody Wickham, Jake Smith and Adrienne Wood, takes over a space that was previously a convenience store — and conveniently, a drive-up window is part of the design. Inside, the decor is modern and in keeping with current restaurant trends, with mural-sized wall art, clean lines and repurposed elements from whiskey barrels to spiffed-up shipping pallets.

Along with old favorites, new pizza styles will include the Wild, Wild West BBQ; Chicken Sausage Italiano; Steak & Roasted Red Peppers; and the Tex Mex. New gluten-free and thin-crust pizzas will also be offered. Other menu items include cheese sticks, calzones, salads, monkey bread, giant chocolate chip cookies and dessert streusels.

The new owners plan to open at least one other Godfather's in the metro area, but a location has yet to be determined. The Thornton outpost will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Mark Antonation is the former Westword Food & Drink Editor. In 2018, he was named Outstanding Media Professional by the Colorado Restaurant Association; he's now with the Colorado Restaurant Foundation.
Contact: Mark Antonation