Julio’s Pizza 2

Owners of Julio’s Pizza with the Artesia Mayor Tony Lima and state Senator-elect Tony Mendoza at the ribbon cutting. (Riyaz Khan photo)

Artesia, Calif. – One of Little India’s most iconic restaurants has a new home as Julio’s Pizza returns to Pioneer Boulevard after spending the past few years about one-half mile off the main drag.

In moving from its former location on Artesia Boulevard to the Days Inn-anchored shopping center at the northern end of Little India, Julio’s Pizza is now a restaurant and banquet hall capable of serving about 200 diners in the main dining room in addition to another 200-plus guests in an adjacent formal gathering space ideal for receptions or private parties.

While the banquet hall would only be used for private events on select dates, the main dining hall serves as a major draw for everyday diners with its spacious layout and sectionalized areas. For those who want to enjoy watching a sporting event on television, there are multiple big screen televisions in the bar area. Others wishing to enjoy a family dinner can do so in the neighboring dining area.

There is also a dining section at the back end of the restaurant where guests can enjoy some privacy without being separated from the rest of the venue.

According to Martin Rodriguez, the project manager with MRD Studio who designed Julio’s Pizza’s new venue, the restaurant aims to balance the homely feel of a family-owned business with the look of a major brand.

“When a customer walks in, they would think they were at big, major name sports restaurant, but when they were served they would feel like they were being served from someone from their family,” Rodriguez told India-West, adding that the restaurant moved into an 8,000 square foot space that formerly served as a warehouse.

Acknowledging Julio’s large customer base, Artesia Mayor Pro Tem Miguel Canales said the restaurant’s new prime location and larger space is a great sign.

“The fact that a mom-and-pop store like Julio’s can grow to the capacity that this place holds … is a magnificent symbol of how the economy is getting better,” Canales told India-West, adding that the popular Indian-owned pizza eatery is also an ideal destination for families and local sports fans alike to enjoy a night out on the town in Artesia’s commercial core district.

Bhavesh Patel, one of Julio’s Pizza’s owners, said the new location gives him and his partners the opportunity to add a banquet facility and expand the restaurant’s lounge area.

“It gave us a chance to grow our lounge a little bit bigger, our sports bar atmosphere that we wanted to create, and not get away from our family restaurant we’re known for,” Patel told India-West.

Patel added that those who use the banquet hall would be allowed to bring in an outside caterer and not be obliged to only order from the Julio’s Pizza menu to serve its guests.

Julio’s Pizza is now located at 17538 Pioneer Boulevard in Artesia. The restaurant’s phone number is (562) 809-6360 and can also be found on the Internet at www.juliospizza.com.

As for its hours, Julio’s Pizza is still closed on Mondays but is open 11 a.m. through 10 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.

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