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Falbo Bros pizza to reopen

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A popular place for pizza could be back to serving up slices soon, under new ownership.

Falbo Bros. Pizzeria in Iowa City and Coralville closed on March 30th for employee training but those locations never reopened.

A sign was then posted on the door of the Iowa City location that accused the owner, Barry Golvinaux, of not paying his employees. Golvinaux told KWWL he had to close the businesses down to health issues and refuted claims that employees went unpaid. On April 10, an eviction notice was placed on the business for over $10,000 in unpaid rent.

Those signs have now been replaced with a new one that says the business will be reopening on Thursday. Taking over the two locations will be Andrew Ahrens and Adam Brantman. The two also co-own a property management business in Iowa City.

Inside Falbo's, on Wednesday, Ahrens was working with returning employees to get the business ready for its Thursday opening.

"We reached out to all of the old employees and we tried to retain as many possible. Many of them are returning. We're in the process of fixing a couple of the items that have been broken down," he said.

A marker board list was nearly complete of all the ingredients they needed to replace in the three weeks the business had been closed. On top of getting the business going again, Ahrens said they're working to make things right.

"I knew that there was some bad publicity that they had possibly not gotten paid. I wanted to make sure that all was taken care of. Adam and I will make sure all of the employees get their full paychecks," he said.

Despite being the third owners of the establishment this year alone, the two said they couldn't see it go.

"It's been a part of my childhood, my collegiate life here at Iowa, to my adult life," Ahrens said. "Adam and I just couldn't stand to see Falbo's close down as it was such a part of our university experience. We wanted to make sure that experience carried on."

Ahrens said there would be some changes made to the business but it's not at risk of losing the Falbo's identity.

"The food quality is going to be just as good as Falbo's always has been. It will primarily be the same Falbo's that you've grown accustomed to," he said.

Falbo's plans to reopen Thursday afternoon and be operating in full service this weekend.

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