MONTROSE—(February 19)  They are known throughout Colorado for great pizza and for a tradition of brewing excellent craft beer. But when Tom and Sandy Hennessey bring their Colorado Boy Pizzeria to Montrose later this year, the emphasis will not be on brewing, but on delicious, Neopolitan-style pizza made fast and fresh.

“We are definitely not opening a brewery,” Tom Hennessey said. “We will sell one or two of our beers, but we also plan to sell beer from 2 Rascals Brewery and Horsefly Brewing Company. We will have pizza, a couple kinds of pasta, and sandwiches—you should be able to have your food in seven minutes, and our prices will start at around $6.”

Colorado Boy will go into the space recently vacated by Simmer Food & Wine, at 320 Main Street. Although the opening is scheduled for late May or early June depending on the timing of the liquor license, crews have already started to modify the Downtown location.

“We have already opened the space, and our builders are making some modifications,” Hennessey said. “Everything will be light, nice-looking and totally casual. You will be able to sit right there while your pizza cooks in our oven.”  Expect the same great food and service that the Hennesseys are known for.

“We love pizza! We have been doing this kind of business since the 1980’s,” Hennessey said. “We used to live in Salida, and we opened a place there in 1994 with the same type of food and great service. We have had the Colorado Boy Brewery in Ridgway for several years, and people keep coming up from Montrose, but the space is small—this new place will be more of a bistro, high quality and very affordable.”

Hennessey said that he plans to bring some of his own popular brews, including the Irish Ale and IPA, but is also very excited to feature the work of other local brewers. “I teach a class in brewing, and the guys from 2 Rascals were my students,” he said. “They have the best building in town!”