Now open in Bonney Lake is Granny Sue’s Pizzeria.
The restaurant is in a location that’s been home to not one, but two pizza restaurants in the past. It was first a Godfather’s, then an All-Star Pizza. The third incarnation, Granny Sue’s, is a family-owned operation. It opened Monday, but will have a grand opening this weekend.
The first-time business owners are a family of longtime Bonney Lake residents - Susan McFarland, the “Granny Sue” behind the business and her two daughters, Melissa Garza, of Orting, and Jenn Parrott, of Bonney Lake.
Helping in the restaurant will be several family members, including the grandchildren who gave McFarland the moniker "Granny Sue."
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It was in that restaurant years ago, when it was a Godfather’s, where the extended McFarland family would gather for family events. Since that restaurant’s closure, the family said Bonney Lake has needed another party room, and one attached to a pizza buffet would be even better. Funny enough, that became their business plan. They're offering both a party/event room and a lunch buffet ($5.99) and dinner buffet ($7.99), and a menu of straightforward pizzas, pasta and sandwiches.
Something increasingly difficult to find at pizza joints or otherwise - Granny Sue’s has a salad bar ($1.99 with a pizza buffet, or $4.99 for a solo salad bar). It sounds as if they have all the basics covered on the must-have salad bar ingredient list, all the way down to the "you can't call yourself a bonafide salad bar without 'em" ingredients of Jell-O, chocolate pudding, and tapioca. The other necessary ingredients? Baby corn, of course, as well as garbanzo beans, peas and beets.
Reader tip: Aversano’s in Sumner has an excellent salad bar - the house-made pasta salads make it a great find. If you check out Granny Sue’s, let me know how it rates. In Tacoma, the best salad bar I've found is at Marlene's Natural Market. Extensive ingredient list, and healthy to boot (until you dump on that half cup of dressing). Know of a good salad bar? Email me. I'm always looking.
Granny Sue’s Pizzeria Where: 20625 Highway 410, Bonney Lake, 253-750-01013, facebook.com/grannysuespizzeria