The restaurant that brought UCF students slices the size of their face is opening a second location for even more pizza, bocce and booze.
With one location on University Boulevard, just a stone's throw from UCF, Lazy Moon plans to open a second in the Mills 50 District at 1011 E. Colonial Drive in March.
"For the most part, it’s a mirror image of what we have going at the other one," said owner Tim Brown.
A little more elbow room will be the main difference, as the new locale lacked the vertical space of Lazy Moon's current location. Operating under the same hours as its UCF-area counterpart, the location used to house the old Euro Living Furniture, and before that, a company that sold cruise packages.
If the much-anticipated downtown campus is approved, that could be a business boost as well.
"If and when that comes to be, it'll be nice to have a little bit of presence down there," Brown said.
Management often gets questions about expansion, as many patrons live in the Mills area and UCF grads tend to move away from the university, Brown explained. Mills 50 trumped a downtown option with the promise of better parking.
Before landing on the Colonial spot, Brown said management looked at locations all over the country, including in North Carolina and Colorado, before they decided it would be best to stay local.
The "vibe" was a big factor in the decision-making process. Brown wanted a city that employees would enjoy living in, and would ideally offer an outdoor culture.
Eventually, Brown hopes to bring Lazy Moon to other college towns.
The Florida State grad opened the pizza joint with co-owner Matt Griffis, who attended UCF for a period, in a shopping plaza at the intersection of University Boulevard and Alafaya Trail. The little store front has since been demolished, and the corner is now home to the Plaza on University apartment complex. That's when Lazy Moon opened its current location - a step up space-wise from the original.
Brown didn't expect the change in scenery to make such a successful impact.
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