Beau Jo's will open a pizza parlor in the former Johnny Carino's on Ken Pratt Boulevard in Longmont.

Beau Jo’s pizza parlor to open in former Johnny Carino’s

LONGMONT — The building that housed a Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant in Longmont has been acquired by Beau Jo’s, a chain of pizza restaurants based in Lakewood.

Owner Chip Bair expects the restaurant will be open by this summer.

Beau Jo’s Longmont LLC paid $2.6 million to real estate developer David Chaknova of Niwot for the 6,938-square-foot restaurant and the 1.5 acres it sits on in the Village at Burlington at 2033 Ken Pratt Blvd., according to public records.

Johnny Carino’s constructed the restaurant in 1999, and it has been empty since the restaurant closed in April 2014. After the restaurant closed, Chaknova acquired the property from a group of investors in 2015 for $1.23 million, according to public records. That group had acquired the property from Carino’s in 2003 for $2.5 million.

Beau Jo’s first restaurant opened in 1973 in Idaho Springs. It has since opened restaurants in Boulder, Fort Collins, Steamboat Springs, Denver, Arvada and Evergreen and has plans for a restaurant in downtown Denver opening later this year.

In addition to its Colorado Style Mountain Pizza Pies, Beau Jo’s also offers pasta, calzones, sourdough sandwiches, a salad bar with 20 healthy choices, plus gluten-free pizza and other low-carb alternatives. Beau Jo’s is working on plans to recreate the bar area for an indoor/outdoor patio bar experience.

Chaknova said he has stopped at Beau Jo’s in Idaho Springs for many years and thought the food and atmosphere was great.

“When I met Chip Bair in 2016, and understanding how focused he is with the environment and helping the community, I realized this would be a perfect fit for Longmont,” Chaknova said.

Beau Jo’s uses wind power provided by Excel Energy’s Windsource program. It is the 16th-largest user in Colorado, New Mexico and Minnesota, along with using solar power in Idaho Springs and Boulder.

The company also uses bio-degradable to-go containers, recycles and strives to buy locally, reducing the environmental costs of transportation along with helping the Colorado economy.  It also offers AAA members a 15 percent discount on food and beverages.