After 59 years in the same building, Bruno’s Carry Out Pizza plans to move down the street.
Gina Dingo Curl, owner of the long-time family business, said her offer for the former Scoops Ice Cream and Sandwich Shoppe at 1800 E. Market St. has been accepted.
They’re just waiting to close the deal.
The agreement includes early possession, so Curl has set Oct. 7 as the move-in date for the new building.
They’ll put some new equipment into the new building and bring some of the current equipment, but the transition should be uneventful with little to no interruptions.
“We will not be shut down more than a day,” said Curl. “When we get close, I’ll advertise it.”
The new building will bring some changes, including outside seating and using the existing drive-thru window for pick-up-only orders on Mondays through Thursdays. However, Bruno’s will remain a carryout only pizzeria.
This will be the first building Bruno’s has owned, and Curl will own the building in partnership with her husband, John Curl. Her father, Mike Dingo, is excited about the new building, she said.
The pizzeria has been at 2420 E. Market since the beginning, when her great-grandfather founded it.
“Bruno’s was started on Nov. 1, 1960 by Mickey Dingo with the help of his friend, Bruno Itin from Bruno’s Swiss Inn in West Lafayette, which is now known as Bruno’s/Big O’s Sportsroom,” according to a history Curl provided. Five generations of family have worked there, and her father took it over in 1982 and remains active, despite recent health issues. Curl took over the business in 2004.
“The recipe hasn’t changed in 50 years, and our goal is to serve our customers for over 100 years,” she stated.
Family values and customer appreciation have always been important to the family business.
“When you have a mom-and-pop shop, you care about the customers, and they care about you,” she said.
Bruno’s is asking for old photos involving Bruno’s pizza in some way, “anything memorable,” for a display case that will go on a wall in the new place, she said.
Many customers thought Bruno’s owned the current building because they’d been there so long. But Curl didn’t see the business sense in investing in work on a rental.
“Our building needed some upgrades,” Curl said.
It needs new front and back doors, a new floor and electrical updates, she said. The parking lot needs regrading, and there’s no air conditioning.
“I’ve offered to buy it, and they will not sell me the building,” she said. “This makes more sense than me putting more money into a building I don’t own.”
The former Scoops has been shut for more than four years and was originally a Dairy Queen. Scoops closed in 2015 after the owners relocated to Florida for health reasons.
Curl said plans to hold a grand opening “and do some fun things” when the move is complete.
Industrial Park to get high-speed internet
The Cass County-Logansport Industrial Park will soon have something few rural industrial parks have: high-speed internet.
On Wednesday, the Logansport Redevelopment Commission approved paying up to $250,000 to contractor Comcast to extend fibre-optic internet connections to the industrial park, including the four undeveloped lots, as well as to the Logansport/Cass County Airport.
This will give businesses there 10 gigabytes of upload and download service.
“That’ll allow us to get technology firms out there,” said Bill Cuppy, Executive Director of the Cass Logansport Economic Development Organization. “You don’t see 10 gigs very often.”
Because industrial parks tend to be on the outskirts of towns and cities, internet access tends to be tougher. Currently, coaxial cable provides a seven megabyte download speed to businesses there, which was a problem for Logan Stampings Inc. when it moved into the industrial park.
“That’s what really ramped up this project,” Cuppy said.
With co-axial cable internet, users also share bandwidth. The more users at a given time, the slower data comes or goes to a user.
“Fibre is dedicated. You don’t have to share it with anybody,” he said.
The work should be done in 30 to 45 days. The money to pay for it will come from the Tax Increment Financing fund for the area. The TIF allows the city or county to pay for projects to improve an area, then it recoups the cost of the projects by collecting all the increases in property taxes.
Cuppy said the remaining four sites in the industrial park are now shovel ready and have utilities so companies can start building right away.
Former Discount Tobacco sold
The building in the 3400 block of East Market Street, which recently held the Discount Tobacco store and originally a Taco Bell restaurant, has been purchased for $370,000, Cuppy said.
However, the franchise restaurant is waiting until a mid-September meeting of the chain to make sure the restaurant’s concept remains the same.
The new owners don’t want to build a new place, then have to change it shortly thereafter, said Cuppy.