Abby's will undergo extensive renovation
Local pizza lovers will have to get their fix of delicious pies elsewhere for the time being as the Newberg location of Abby's Pizza undergoes renovations. The pizza parlor on Portland Road began its temporary closure on Monday and is expected to re-open in the spring.
Abby's, a regional chain with restaurants throughout Oregon and Washington, announced in a press release that it is investing in the Newberg location to improve the experience for local diners, including a larger staff and remodeled restaurant.
Releasing a series of photos of the renovations along with its press release, Abby's pointed to some significant changes on the way for the restaurant. The exterior of the restaurant will get a new look while the interior will include an expanded seating area with more tables, chairs and televisions as well as a "heritage wall," which celebrates the history of the Newberg location and the community.
The new restaurant will also feature a larger oven with the capacity to make more pizzas and a larger selection of craft beer for customers to choose from.
The company posits that the changes are an attempt to give back to a community that has supported Abby's for generations.
"For years Newberg has consistently been one of our top restaurants," Gordon Tolman, Abby's director of operations, said. "To keep with demand and maintain our quality, we think it's important to expand and renovate the restaurant."
Although construction is underway and expected to continue into spring, delivery service of the famous pizza will return as soon as the kitchen is renovated, Tolman said. Dine-in customers will have to wait until the entire renovation is complete to wolf down a slice or salad.
"While the restaurant is temporarily closed we are bringing our travelling pizza trailer to Newberg," Tolman said. "We're planning lots of community surprises where we'll show-up with pizza for everyone."
Abby's plans to hire additional employees beginning in the spring and summer to accommodate the increased volume of pies it will be dishing out. Restaurant operator Craig Kosmicki said in the release that the remodel is "exciting" for Newberg.
"We first opened in 1978," Kosmicki said. "I'm excited that the upgraded restaurant will serve legendary pizza to yet another generation."
For further updates on the progress of renovations at the Newberg location of Abby's, visit the store's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AbbysPizzaNewberg.
Has your family been on its farm or ranch for more than a century
The Oregon Farm Bureau is accepting applications for its Oregon Century Farm & Ranch program, awarded annually to families that have continuously worked portions of their acreage for the past 100 or 150 years. The deadline for application is May 1.
The program, according to a press release, began in 1958 to honor farm and ranch families with century-long connections to the land.
To qualify for the bureau's century or sesquicentennial award, families must follow a formal application process that requires the organization's application review committee to determine whether an application is qualified, including scrutinizing the family's continuous operation of the farm or ranch, a gross income of not less than $1,000 a year for the past three years and that family members either live on the property or actively manage it for farm or ranch activities.
Applications may include photos, original deeds, personal stories and other historic records, which also help support the state's agricultural history by "providing valuable information about settlement patterns and statistics on livestock and crop cycles," the release said.
Those who are successful in receiving the designation of Oregon Century Farm or Ranch will receive a personalized certificate with acknowledgement by the governor and the director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, as well as a durable metal roadside sign and inclusion in a ceremony and reception at the Oregon State Fair on Aug. 29.
To date, 1,227 families have formally received the century designation and 46 families the sesquicentennial award.
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