By JAMES BELL
Restaurateur “Pasta Jay” Elowsky – whose restaurant Pasta Jay’s will anchor a 12-storefront retail development at 43rd and Vine – is getting ready for his new location in Hays, set to occur mid-to-late spring.
The restaurant will offer a wide variety of Italian fare and will be the fourth location for the small chain, with others located in Moab, Utah; Boulder, Colo.; and Lone Tree, Colo.
While the model will be the same as the other locations, it will also be tailored to Hays, Elowskysaid.
“Steaks” came to mind, as he currently offers a 16-ounce New York strip and a 12-ounce baseball-cut sirloin in his Boulder location.
“I imagine those will be transferred down there,” he said.
But for Jay, his restaurants are more than a place for people to eat.
“We like to be involved in the community,” he said. “Customers and employees are like family.”
“Our best marketing tool is the food we service,” Jay said, noting his strong desire to make his restaurants “a place you can call home.”
The business is likely to create around 50 jobs and will be completely staffed locally after training by three or four people from outside locations, Elowsky said.
Developer Stephen Tebo of Tebo Properties is spearheading the development and originally reached out to Jay suggesting the Hays market would be a good fit for a new location.
For more on Pasta Jay’s, including company history and menus, click HERE.