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Johnny’s to re-open in Loganville with new owners

Pizzeria second location for McLean family

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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:00 am

LOGANVILLE — Michael and Suzanne McLean have experience running pizza parlors.

But now they get to do it nearly in their own backyard.

The McLeans have operated two franchise locations of Johnny’s New York Style Pizza — in Conyers and Covington  — for years, but while that may have been work, home was Loganville.

So the two were pleased to have the chance to try their pizza-making skills in their hometown as they prepare to re-open the Johnny’s location on Highway 78.

“We live in Loganville,” Michael McLean said. “Our kids go to school here. When this came available, it just seemed like a good fit.”

The two sold their Covington location and took on the task of renovating the Logan-ville building, located at 4132 Highway 78, Loganville, in the shopping center across from Home Depot.

Not content with merely slapping a coat of paint on the walls, the McLeans began a massive overhaul of the interior look, adding brick along the walls, pictures of local school athletes along the walls, building a brand new, full-service bar and, Michael’s pride and joy, transforming the outdoor patio.

“We have an all-weather patio,” Michael said. “The walls slide off in the summer and the roof opens. Then we close it up in the winter and bring in the heaters. We can adapt to any weather, so we want to emphasize the outdoor dining.”

The McLeans also want to promote a family and community atmosphere. The couple’s daughters — Maymay, 13, and Anna Lee, 16 — will help with service, as they have in their parents’ restaurants since they were old enough to take orders.

And Suzanne McLean said they plan to get involved with events across the city.

“In our other locations, we do a lot with the schools and some of the churches,” she said. “We’ve already done the Taste of Loganville here at Loganville High School. And we’ll have live music from local artists here.”

Although the Johnny’s location in Loganville already fizzled out once, the McLeans feel they have what it takes to make a go of it in their hometown.

“It’s our experience and our dedication to customer service,” Michael said. “We have ties to this community, too. We’re involved.”

The McLeans also plan to make some additions to the menu, offering special items specific to their Johnny’s, and Suzanne said they would always have the best possible products.

“We make everything fresh,” she said. “Our dough’s hand-tossed.”

Using local contractors to do all the work, the McLeans hope to have their newest restaurant ready to open by mid-January.

Until then, they encourage everyone to “like” them on Facebook — www.facebook.

com/johnnyspizzaloganville — with the first 1,000 likes getting a free slice of pizza upon opening.

As opening day draws closer, the McLeans are just happy to be taking root in their own hometown.

“This is where we want to be,” Michael said.

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  • Realdeal7 posted at 3:40 pm on Wed, Jan 2, 2013.

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    I would like to say that the service and food are top notch from the Mclean Family and Employee staff. I have worked alongside Mike and Suzanne and I must say they are first class!

    Family values, great food and cleanliness are what great restaurants are based on. The Mclean Family has taken this to heart and it shows with dedicated patrons and staff.

    I'm not sure of the previous owners as I've not sat down for a meal at that location but I can tell you that with the new owners your experience will be excellent.

    you can expect smiling faces,great food and a clean environment.

    Do your self a favor if you've been wronged by the previous owner and try out the new and definitely IMPROVED Johnny's Pizza!