Whether you’re a pizza fan or a student of business, you’ve got to love a story like Spinelli’s Pizzeria‘s.
The hip and humble carryout pizza joint that opened on Baxter Ave. in 2004 will open unit No. 5 in Valley Station in May and follow that with a spot in Hollywood — California, not Florida — later this summer.
Save for a small business loan to get started, Brian Gaughan, Spinelli’s friendly, low-profile and highly tattooed owner, has bankrolled his expansion by growing carefully, saving judiciously and living well below his means. (What a freakin’ weirdo, eh? Doesn’t this guy know about borrowing himself rich and going broke?)
It doesn’t hurt that his Philly-style pizza (a fixture of his youth that he missed after moving here from the City of Brotherly Love to work for Ford in the late 1990s) is always tasty, filling, affordable and available well into the wee hours. He’s proven there’s a niche for that.