Fultano’s pizza eases pandemic’s bite

David Johnson, owner of Fultano’s Pizza in Cannon Beach, in front of his store last week as it prepares to reopen to dine-in customers.     

David Johnson, owner of Fultano’s, the popular pizza place in Cannon Beach, wanted to do something to help the community, while keeping his staff busy during the pandemic and the closing of Cannon Beach to visitors.

“We hosted a three-day special to create a buzz with our local customers,” Johnson said. “We gave large pizzas away for five bucks.”

Johnson and crew offered cheese, peperoni and Hawaiian-style pizzas, and said they sold 135 pizzas during the three-day local special.

It was a great deal - they normally charge $26 to $28 for a large pie.

“This pandemic has been such a bummer. We’re used to being so busy this time of year and we missed out on spring break,” Johnson said. “We did it to lift people up a bit. People are struggling.

“And we were used to being busy, so this helped us keep our staff busy and helped people get an affordable meal.”

Johnson said his staff welcomed the more normal workflow for the three days the promotion was in place.

Now, with Clatsop County easing under Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s phase 1 restrictions, restaurants and retail are opening back up in the beach community. Fultano’s Pizza is open for dining while following the restrictions in place.

Johnson said he has moved tables around to accommodate the social distancing guidelines. People are starting to come back in to dine, but you can still order food to go.

Fultano’s also offers sub sandwiches, salads and specialty pasta dishes. They offer build-your-own pizzas or the traditional pies you have come to love.

During the beginning of the pandemic, Duane Johnson, principal broker with Duane Johnson Real Estate in Cannon Beach - and David’s father - was buying certificates for school-age children to use at Fultano’s.

Each certificate would get them a slice of pizza and a drink for lunch. All the students had to do was show up at the real estate office and claim a certificate.

David Johnson also provided certificates to the Cannon Beach Food Pantry for people to redeem at the restaurant.

“The main thing was to do something for the community,” David Johnson. “We’ve never done any discounting before, so this was a goodwill effort.”

Johnson said he and his staff have learned a lot during the pandemic. They plan to incorporate more take-out, delivery and grab-and-go offers to the normal schedule moving forward.

The restaurant is at 200 N. Hemlock, on the corner of 2nd Street and Hemlock in downtown Cannon Beach. They’re open 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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