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Godfather’s Pizza returns to North Platte

February 15, 2019

Godfather’s Pizza is coming back to North Platte. Sidelines inside Wild Bill’s Fun Center is about to become home to the pizza franchise.

The pizzeria will begin setting up shop in Sidelines soon, adding a full buffet and Godfather’s other menu items to the sports bar and restaurant.

“We’re projecting the first of April” for an opening date, said Megan Huddle, event coordinator at Wild Bill’s.

With a buffet, delivery and carryout, “we’ll have everything that the old Godfather’s had,” Huddle said. “Plus more, because we’re keeping the old Sidelines menu.”

Adding a buffet and decorating the interior to look like other Godfather’s locations will require some remodeling of the space at 1100 S. Jeffers St.

“Godfather’s has a really fresh idea,” Huddle said. “Just a good idea for management.”

The announcement comes two months after C&N Development — which leased the restaurant and renamed it Sidelines beginning last spring — filed for bankruptcy. In January, Gary Suhr and Lonnie Parsons, who own Wild Bill’s Fun Center and the restaurant, took back the restaurant, Huddle said.

The same month, Suhr and Parsons purchased the Godfather’s franchise.

Godfather’s had closed its doors at 520 E. Philip Ave. in November; the owners cited too much competition from other restaurants.

Steve and Vicki Osborn, the owners of the former North Platte Godfather’s, have been extremely supportive of the sale and helpful through the transition, Huddle said. The Osborns still owns a Sutherland Godfather’s location.

Huddle said the leadership of Godfather’s Pizza, which is based in Omaha, has also shown excitement for the new location. Godfather’s representatives could not be reached for comment Thursday afternoon.

“Are we excited for the changes? Yes. Incredibly,” Huddle said.

She pointed to two recent challenges in North Platte business: the bankruptcy filing of C&N Development and the former Godfather’s location closing.

“I think this goes to show if one door closes, another door opens for a business in the community,” she said.