Papillion pizza place pending

Gary and Meg Circo stand in the dining area of their future restaurant, Circo’s Pizza & Grill, in downtown Papillion. The pizza place should be open sometime in mid-February, and will specialize in homemade sauces and dough.

Papillion is getting a family owned pizza place soon that will serve up homemade cheesy bliss by the slice.

Circo’s Pizza & Grill will open its doors sometime mid-February under the care of Meg and Gary Circo. Located at 206 E. Lincoln St., the restaurant will be located in the back of Sinnott’s Sand Bar connected to the Papio Bowl.

For the Circo couple, they have always wanted to start their own small business. A restaurant has been a dream of Gary Circo’s since he was in high school, he said.

“It’s always been our dream to do something like this,” Meg Circo said.

The couple said they noticed a lack of places to eat near downtown Papillion and fell in love with the area after attending their daughter’s soccer game here.

“Papillion is amazing, everyone here is very supportive,” said Gary Circo, an ex-computer salesman.

He said Sinnott’s has doubled the amount of their leagues in the nearly two years they have been open.

Despite being in the same spot as the sand bar, Circo’s will be its own restaurant he said. The walls are currently bare but will eventually hold photos of old Papillion.

The ovens are currently waiting to be installed. Once finished, customers will be able to walk up to the kitchen window and place and pick up their orders themselves.

Circo’s will specialize in homemade dough and sauce, along with grilled foods and pasta. The couple said they eventually would like to have lunch hours and do catering.

“It’s been very busy the last few months,” Gary Circo said. “But to be able to work for yourself and control what you do is wonderful.”

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