There's a new restaurant in town and on weekends, the place is packed. It's the new Fonzi's Pizza and Salad Buffet "all you can buffet" at 1215 Homestead Rd., located in the Bealls Shopping Center.
The new restaurant has been open for about six weeks and according to owner Brandi Johnson of Lehigh, business is very good.
"People can come in here and eat any type of pizza all they want and all they want from our very fresh salad bar.
Brandi Johnson owns the new Fonzi’s Pizza and Salad Buffet in the Bealls shopping center in Lehigh.
If you like sausage or hamburger, or just about anything, let them know and they pop a pizza in the oven. The crust is not thick. It's more like a nice thin New York style pizza. They'll even make you a dessert pizza with apple and other toppings.
"We don't bake the shell as long for the dessert pizzas," said
The cost for the "all you can eat buffet' is $5.95. Drinks are extra.
You can also get a 14-inch pizza carry-out with one topping for $4.95.
"I think that the public will really enjoy our pizzas. That are among the best in Lehigh, we've been told,"' Johnson's been told.
The dcor inside is of the 1950s and all types of memory items hang on the walls. There are old 45 and 78 rpm records, photos of the stars of the 50s, the birth of rock and roll.
Even though Johnson, the mother of two young children, was not born during that time, she says she would have enjoyed it.
"Talk about sock hops and Elvis and the Fonz, they were the great days of rock and roll," she said.
There is even a printed photo of the Fonz with his signature. Not a real one, not yet, although she hopes to get his real signature some time.
"I looked at Happy Days when I was a kid and I just loved to have been living in that era," she said.
If you bring your children in, the young ones, between 5 to 9 can eat for $4.50.
The new Fonzi's Pizza and Salad Buffett occupies to large units at the Homestead Rd. address. There are both booths and tables inside.
The daytime manager is Adrienne McDowell and she said the guys making the pizzas are always at it and when they pull one from the oven, they shout out so everyone can hear what kind it is.
"They are the best pizzas in Lehigh," she laughed.
Hours are Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and Fridays to 10 p.m. and on Sunday, they are open to 7 p.m.
And while you're in there, you just might see Johnson's two children, Paeton, her 14-year-old son, who helps out and her 9-year-old daughter, Ava. There are about a dozen employees, all from Lehigh who work on various schedules, Johnson said.
In the background, pizza lovers can listen to some of the early rock and roll music.
"It's really fun to come in and relax and just sit back and enjoy all the pizza you want," Johnson said. "We're like a big family here and we all have a lot of fun."