‘Mike & Molly’ Star Opening Florida Pizzeria
Actor Billy Gardell is keeping his family business alive by opening a pizzeria in Florida later this month. The Mike & Molly star’s grandmother owned a pizzeria in the 1960s and now he is opening an Orlando eatery inspired by his elderly relative’s place with his brother.
Gardell Brothers will host a soft-opening later this month and will hold their grand opening in October. The actor said, “It’s going to be a family joint. It’s a throwback to the old pizzerias… The way this came together is like a good meal, good ingredients. I had the means and the promotion. My brother and I have always wanted to be in business (together) so he’s going to watch it and (manage it), so I know I have someone I can trust in there.” “My manager I’ve been together with for 30 years has opened a lot of comedy clubs and restaurants so he knows the supervision of it and his cousin… is our chef, and one of our other partners, and he had a pizzeria, and back 20 years ago when he had that pizzeria when I couldn’t get booked nowhere [sic], I would take a week waiting tables at the pizzeria.” “So it all kind of came together as this family vibe… We’re very excited and we want to do a throwback pizzeria, like a place where families can come and sit down, but we also made it a little elegant…”