A popular Western Colorado restaurant, known as "Grand Junction's Original Italian Restaurant," is making a move. They'll be closing their Horizon Drive location and reopening at a new location near the Redlands.

As of today, Monday, July 24, 2023, they are still operating at 755 Horizon Drive. Coming up this Friday, they'll be closing that location and making the move.

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Grand Junction Colorado's "Original Italian Restaurant"

If you visit Ristorante Pantuso's official Facebook page, you'll see the intro reads "Pantuso's is Grand Junction's original Italian Restaurant."  Their official webpage adds:

Ristorante Pantuso is the oldest Italian restaurant in Grand Junction, CO, and we pride ourselves on offering a diverse menu of authentic Italian dishes.

 

At this time, Pantuso's is operating on Horizon Drive, where they've been for some time. That location will be closing Friday, July 28, 2023. Until that time, they are open, offering a limited menu.

Making The Move in Grand Junction, Colorado

From July 28, 2023, until August 15, 2023, it appears Grand Junction will have to do without. Then on Tuesday, August 15 at 11 a.m., doors will open at the new location, a very well-known site in Grand Junction.

Does The New Address Ring a Bell?

Hmmm, 421 Brach Drive in Grand Junction. Does that address sound familiar? It should. You've probably been to this spot many times in the past.

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The address of 421 Brach Drive is the location just off of Broadway, just west of Handlebar Taphouse, and directly across the street from the Redlands Marketplace, the plaza where you'll find Safeway, Chow Down Pet Supplies, and Redlands Liquor. You know, the old Dos Hombres location.

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According to Loopnet, this property, built in 1983, measures 6,960 square feet on 1.46 acres. The restaurant features one of the best parking lots in town with 75 spaces.

Judging by the feedback on Ristorante Pantuso's Facebook page, the move is proving favorable with the restaurant's existing customers.

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