Pasquale's Pizza & Pasta
Pasquale's Pizza & Pasta is a Hoover-based chain of Italian restaurants. The company currently operates 25 Pasquale's in seven states, with 6 locations in metro Birmingham.
Pasquale's Pizza was founded in 1953 in Cincinnati, Ohio by Pasquale (Pat) and Vincent Gramaglia. It became the first chain pizza restaurant in the country. The company was sold in 1969 to Birmingham businessman Neal Andrews. Andrews took the 125-restuarant chain public and nearly doubled the chain's size to a high of 244 in 1977. C. Pat Reynolds was the franchise owner for six of the restaurants during this time.
Andrews sold the company to John Labatt Ltd in 1986. That Canadian-based company sold 35 restaurants to Millard Deason in 1990. Deason sold the company, which had shrunk to 25 locations, to Dora native Wayne Sellers and a group of investors on August 8, 2006.
Sellers, current CEO, and his partners have planned to regrow the company into a large chain, with as many as 1,200 locations under the name Pasquale's Italian Cafe. Current locations were to be renovated and franchisees sought starting in 2007. The concept also includes a six-day work week, with the restaurants being closed on Sundays.
 Birmingham District locations
- 2nd Avenue and 18th Street North, downtown Birmingham (photo)
- 1st Avenue North, East Lake, Birmingham
- Eastwood Mall, Birmingham
- Bessemer Super Highway, Five Points West, Birmingham
- Clairmont Avenue, Forest Park, Birmingham
- Queensbury Shopping Center, northeastern Birmingham
- Center Point Road, Center Point
- Old Springville Road, Clay
- 18th Street South, Homewood
- Green Valley Shopping Center, Hoover
- 1551 Montgomery Highway, Hoover (opened January 1979)
- High School Road, Hueytown
- 204 Midfield Street, Midfield
- 123 Oak Street, Crestline Heights, Mountain Brook
- Pleasant Grove
- Williams, Roy L. "Pasquale's new owners plan major expansion". October 12, 2006, The Birmingham News
 External links
- Pasquale Food Systems website