Randi’s Pizza in West Arvada opens at 11 a.m. But its owners, Randy Harmon and Jeff Dumont, arrive at 6:30 every morning to start preparing food: The homemade sauce needs to simmer for five hours to reach optimal flavors. Sausage and meatballs also need to be made from scratch.
“We’re owners and operators, but we’re here every day in the trenches,” Dumont said. “Randy and I are here every day in the kitchen and I think that has contributed to our success.”
The Italian eatery, located at Ward Road and 64th Avenue, is celebrating its 40th year in business March 22.
“I think the fact that they’ve been in business for that many years in the same location says a lot,” said Deborah French, who has been a regular customer with her husband, David, for the past four years.
The friendly atmosphere and the pizza keep them coming back.
“It’s kind of like going to Cheers,” David French said. “It’s a West Arvada institution.”
Randi’s is a favorite among young athletes. Dumont estimates the eatery averages about 100 Little League parties a year from football to soccer, softball, baseball and hockey. Randi’s also partners with Pomona High to offer pre-game food for the football team.
“We have big connections between the Ralston Valley, Pomona and Arvada West high school communities,” Harmon said.
Both Harmon and Dumont are Arvada West alum.
Harmon attributes the restaurant’s success to its customers.
“We’re really family-oriented,” he said. “People in Arvada are good family people, always have been. Our success is that people who came here when they played Little League now bring their kids in after Little League.”