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Pasquini's is back in business on 17th Avenue

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Tony Pasquini has returned to 17th Avenue with a new/old pizzeria. The latest Pasquini's will open at 11 a.m. today in the former J.R.'s space at 777 East 17th Avenue.

See also: -Pasquini's will open a pizzeria and bar in the old J.R.'s space -Pasquini's changes name of Cherry Creek spot to Tony P's -Pasquini's closes Uptown location to make way for Serioz

The restaurant had a soft opening last night, when diners got a sneak peek.

Because of the size of this two-story space, Pasquini's on 17th Avenue it looks quite a bit different than the original Pasquini's location on South Broadway, which is now owned by Tony's sister. And it also looks very different from the first Pasquini's on 17th Avenue, which Tony had franchised and today is a link in the Serioz chain.

The new Pasquini's has two bars -- upstairs and downstairs -- and plenty of space for private dining, including upholstered booths on the second level and large rooms with curtains for events.

It's been a busy year for the 25-year-old chain of pizzerias. This past winter, Tony opened a Pasquini's in Cherry Creek that quickly changed its name to Tony P's due to "family issues." There have been more negotiations with franchisees as Tony worked to buy back ownership in the company he started with his mother.

And considering the new location's prime real estate, things won't be slowing down anytime soon.

Pasquini's on 17th will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight during the week and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends; call 303-839-3200 for more information.

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