Pizza restaurant to open in March

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— Ross Barnhardt moved to Hayden from Steamboat Springs a year and a half ago and immediately noticed a void in his life.

"One of the first things that struck me is that you couldn't pick up the phone and order a pizza," Barnhardt said. "This is the 21st Century. Everywhere else in America has a pizza place. We though Hayden needed something like this."

Barnhardt began looking for a place to open his restaurant, Wolf Mountain Pizza, and was pleased when he found what he calls the perfect location, in the Midway Building at 175 W. Jefferson Ave.

Barnhardt said the location is ideal, because he not only wants to appeal to Hayden residents, but also to the 8,000 drivers passing by the building every day.

"It's a perfect location," Barnhardt said. "It's highly visible and it's right across from Town Hall. A lot of people work in downtown Hayden, and I'm sure they get tired of eating the same things all the time."

The restaurant will serve gourmet, New York-style pizza, Barnhardt said, which means large, thin-crust slices. Wolf Mountain Pizza will offer standard toppings at first, but Barnhardt said the menu and topping selection would increase with requests.

"We will have fresh everything," Barnhardt said. "We will make our own dough, sauce and salads. To me, that's where all the flavor is."

The menu will include chicken wings, desserts and Italian ice cream.

Unlike other Hayden restaurants, Wolf Mountain Pizza will not have indoor dining. It will serve carry-out and delivery orders, but some outdoor, curbside seating could be in place this summer, Barnhardt said.

Many of the restaurants elements are in place, and grand opening is anticipated in middle to late March.

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