Picasso’s Pizzeria owner Kurt Schmidt wanted to expand his Delano restaurant so much, he convinced his landlord to buy the building next to him.
“Basically, we’re going to knock out a hole between the two buildings inside,” Schmidt says. “It’s going to be kind of a mirror image of each other.”
The extra 2,600 square feet to the east of his current address at 621 W. Douglas, which is 1,800 square feet, will allow him to add a bar.
“I’m just giving my customers another option,” Schmidt says.
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There will be extra seating, too.
“People will be happy about that I’m sure,” Schmidt says.
A lot of times the amount of business he has scares some people away, he says.
“They see a line, and they just walk away.”
Picasso’s kitchen will remain on the west side of the business.
On the new side, there will be more bathrooms and an indoor-outdoor seating area that can open onto a patio in nice weather.
Schmidt says he’s playing with his options for the new space. That may include room for private parties, though he says he hasn’t made any decisions.
First, he has to figure out if he’s going to rezone the new space or seek a variance that will allow him to expand the business.
“It is a process.”
Schmidt hopes to have the new space open within two or three months.
“It’s going to be fun and exciting and definitely a new experience,” he says.
“I love Delano, and that’s why I’m expanding in Delano.”