Passers-may have seen remodeling underway at the restaurant to be known as Stevi B's Pizza, located along the busy thoroughfare which connects Clayton County to Henry County, and Interstate 675 to I-75, in Stockbridge.
McDonough couple, Atul and Kashmira Pandya, are the franchise owners of the "premium" pizza buffet, the second of two in the Southern Crescent region, according to franchise officials. Another restaurant is located in Fayetteville.
The Pandyas own gas stations in other parts of Georgia, but plan to kick off their latest venture, Stevi B's, on Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. "I took an exhaustive look at the fast-casual segment, and specifically the highly competitive pizza category, and agreed that Stevi B's had the most business potential," said co-owner Atul Pandya. "In addition to elevating the category with a better quality of food, I think Stevi B's does an amazing job of endearing itself to the local community, and that's important to us."
The restaurant plans to celebrate its grand opening with a VIP Night fund-raiser, according to Sharon Guiriba, the general manager. The inaugural event will benefit the Jonesboro-based, non-profit community arts organization known as Arts Clayton. The general manager said the restaurant will donate 25 percent of its proceeds — between 6 p.m., and 9 p.m., to Arts Clayton.
Stevi B's also plans to partner with nearschools, in Henry and Clayton counties, she added.
Guiriba noted that the pizza parlor, which encompasses 4,970 square feet, features all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta, and salad; an open-kitchen environment, and an arcade game room.
She said its specialties include: the "Loaded Baked Potato" and "Hot Wing" pizzas.
"As long as I have the ingredients, I'll make the pizza any way the customer desires," said Guiriba. "All the ingredients are made fresh daily, and no pizza will stay on the buffet more than 20 minutes."
Stevi B's seats 180 at 36 tables, and is available for catering and hosting birthday parties. It is located at 3570 Ga. Highway 138 S.E., in Stockbridge, with operating hours of 11 a.m., to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m., to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday.
"We're very excited about opening," Guiriba added. "We think this is a great location."
To learn more, visit the Stevi B's web site at www.SteviBs.com, or call (770) 875-3944.