Minsky’s finds big success in Raymore

The City of Raymore and the Raymore Chamber of Commerce held a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony for Minsky’s Pizza, located in the Raymore Market Center, on Thursday, February 27.

Occupying the former Perazelli’s Italian restaurant space, Minsky’s opened its doors for business in Raymore on February 19 to a bustling reception by the community.

“I’m just amazed at the difference of sales I’m already doing here compared to Independence,” said Raymore Minsky’s owner Dean Wescott. “I was planning on being busy, but not the numbers we’re doing.”

Wescott, who has been with the Kansas City pizza institution since 1977, starting out as a cook in high school before moving into management six months later. Ownership of his first Minsky’s franchise followed in 1989 in Independence, with a later addition in Blue Springs.

Now with 15 Minsky’s Pizza locations in the K.C. metro area, the hometown favorite is renowned for its quality and freshness, and has the accolades to show for it.

Zagat, the original crowd-sourced food and travel guide, recently named Minsky’s the best pizza in Kansas City on its list of “the best pizza in 23 cities.” Additionally, Minsky’s topped Zagat’s Zeitgeist list – a ledger of 2013’s top Google search trends – of Kansas City restaurants for the second year.

Preparing everything in-house – including making dough every four hours – Minsky’s offers diners the choice of sandwiches, salads, calzones and pasta dishes in addition to a wide variety of pizzas. The Raymore location also features daily lunch specials, a full bar, free WiFi access, and a private event room with seating for 30 people.

Raymore residents needing to satisfy their Minsky’s cravings but not wanting to leave the house are in luck as the new establishment also offers a limited delivery option. Currently, the delivery zone encompasses about a two-mile radius around the restaurant, extending from I-49 to J Highway, and from 155th Street to Hubach Hill Road.

Minsky’s is also certified to meet customers’ gluten-free menu needs by GREAT Kitchens, the gluten-free training program of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness.

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“We’re the only ones in Kansas City who are approved by GREAT Kitchens to sell gluten-free dishes, which is a plus,” said Wescott. “All of our managers have been through the training and have been tested on it. The employees all watch an instructional disc and agree to prepare gluten-free items properly.”

For hungry diners feeling up to a challenge, Minsky’s offers a monster-sized pizza that, according to Wescott, measures 26 inches in diameter and weighs in pre-cooked at 11 or 12 pounds.

“I have a contest deal where if two people can eat it in an hour, it’s free,” said Wescott of the behemoth pizza pie. “There have only been a few people do it (successfully) but a lot of people have tried.”

Mayor Pro Tem Ryan Wescoat welcomed Minsky’s Pizza to Raymore.

“On behalf of the City and citizens of Raymore, I’d like to welcome the Wescotts and Minsky’s Pizza to our community,” said Wescoat. “Small business is truly the life blood of the economy.”

“It’s great to have a small business with the quality and history of Minsky’s Pizza locate their newest restaurant in our community. Welcome to Raymore and best wishes for your future success.”

Tom Circo, Chamber of Commerce president, added his congratulations to the Wescott family on the opening of its newest restaurant.

“On behalf of the Raymore Chamber of Commerce, its board of directors and general membership, we would like to thank you for bringing your business to the city of Raymore, and we wish you a long and successful partnership within our community,” said Circo.

Located 812 W. Foxwood Drive, Minsky’s Pizza is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 816-331-1700, or visit http://www.minskys.com online.

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