Pizza is in Sarah Jacobsen’s blood, and now she’s grabbing her slice of the market pie in Billings.
Jacobsen and her husband, Trevor Jacobsen, recently bought American Classic Pizzeria inside Hudson’s Bar & Grill at 2658 Grand Ave. from founder Rex Dupea.
She’s the third-generation Montana pizzeria owner in her family. Her grandparents operated Minute Man Pizza in western Montana years ago, and her father, Billings City Councilman Rich McFadden, used to own Piper’s Pizza in town, she said.
The opportunity at American Classic is unique because it’s inside Hudson’s Bar, a popular watering hole and casino in the neighborhood, the Billings couple says. The pizza place has a built-in clientele from the bar, they said.
“It’s nice for people to be able to come in and get drinks and also get our food,” Sarah Jacobsen, 24, said.
American Classic has two other locations in Billings, both still owned by Dupea.
The Jacobsens have invested about $25,000 since taking over the business in November, mostly financed through McFadden. Costs included franchise fees, a new dough maker and new marketing and advertising.
The pizzas are made with fresh dough, sauce made from scratch and ingredients cooked fresh, the couple says.
“It’s the same menu, just better quality food,” Trevor Jacobsen said.
The business has a half-dozen employees, all hired by the new owners. American Classic also has four drivers for deliveries and is looking for more.
The Jacobsens say they want to make their mark with pizza lovers on the West End.
“As the new owners, we really want to improve the quality of the food, as well as the quality of the service… It’s really important for us that we make our customers happy,” Sarah Jacobsen said.
American Classic is open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. The phone number is 256-0304. The Facebook page is www.Facebook.com/americanclassicpizza.
Downtown shop moving
Aspinwall Mountain Wear is moving into a new home in downtown Billings.
The Montana-themed apparel store is moving into the former Catherine Louisa Gallery at 103 N. Broadway, according to a sign outside.
The shop, owned by Derek and Lucy Aspinwall, had operated at 2911 Third Ave. N. since 2014.
South Side car wash
The Holiday Station store at 790 S. Billings Boulevard is adding a car wash.
Construction is underway for the $784,000 project, which would add 1,120 square feet to the gas station and convenience store, according to a city of Billings building permit.
The 24-hour car wash should be open by April 1, manager Stephanie Wilz said. Holiday will likely hire several new employees to handle the expected boost in business.
The company had been considering the expansion for five years but postponed the project, Wilz said. Since construction began, customers have said they’re looking forward to it, she added.
“We have some long term customers that have already bought car-wash booklets (for discounts). They’re excited,” she said.
The contractor is Bozeman-based Roset and Associates.
Bloomington, Minn.-based Holiday has more than 500 stores in 10 states.
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Editor's note (Feb. 27): A previous version of this story had the wrong address for Aspinwall. This version is correct.