The first Mellow Mushroom opened back in 1974 in Georgia. More than a hundred locations and 35 years later, the "bohemian-chic" pizza chain has finally landed in metro Denver, where today a Mellow Mushroom will open at the Streets at Southglenn.
Morris and Sharon Purcel, their son Shane and their daughter and son-in-law Holley and Jason Griset, along with franchisee John Valentino, bought the franchise rights for all of Colorado. "I had a vision to take Mellow Mushroom out to Colorado and to create a business for my family to grow together," says Morris Purcel. "Our long-term plan is to open fifteen locations throughout Colorado over the next several years."
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At this first location in Centennial, they plan to feature not just pizza (and calzones and salads) and 36 beers on tap, as well as live music and local art. A second location is slated to open on the 16th Street Mall in spring 2010. For more information, go to www.mellowmushroom.com.