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That's Amore Pizza headed to downtown Crystal Lake

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 5:00 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 12:13 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Downtown Crystal Lake could have a new pizza place with That’s Amore Pizza looking to move from its construction-plagued location on Route 31 to Main Street in February.

That’s Amore Pizza, which opened in February 2012 at 5610 Route 31, received a $10,000 grant from the Crystal Lake City Council under the New Retailer Job Creation and Investment Program to help its move to a double storefront at 103-105 Main St.

Owners Tom and Kim Nestleberger plan to spend about $17,500 on furniture and equipment, and hire four new full-time employees and 16 part-time employees with the move.

The move was spurred in part because of constant construction hindering business, Kim Nestleberger said.

She said the move also would allow the pizzeria to have a dine-in area instead of just carryout and delivery services.

She said they also plan to expand hours past the current 10 p.m. closing time on Fridays and Saturdays and open seven days a week instead of closing on Mondays.

The restaurant also will feature morning hours during the week for commuters to enjoy grab-and-go dishes such as breakfast strombolis and breakfast pizza, Tom Nestleberger said.

“We have a lot of good customers down there that are thrilled that we are moving,” Kim Nestleberger said. “It’s just all positive.”

That’s Amore Pizza features New York-style, hand-tossed, thin-crust pizza. It also offers salads, pastas, sandwiches, appetizers and pizza by the slice, which will be extended past lunchtime hours at the new location.

The restaurant is the sixth Crystal Lake business to take advantage of the city’s grant program this year. Kim Nestleberger said they hope to open at the new location Feb. 1.

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