Brothers Jonathan and Joshua Evola plan to hire more than 100 employees for their new Tyler restaurant, Tuscan Slice.
They plan to open the Waxahachie-based, wood-fired Italian cuisine restaurant in the former Johnny Carino's space during the first week of July, and are holding a job fair today through Friday.
The brothers have worked in the restaurant business for more than 20 years. They started as kids, bussing tables and washing dishes. The boys were born in New York City and lived in Israel for 11 years because their mother was a missionary. In 1992, they moved back to America and have lived in the Dallas area since then.
Jonathan, 36, and Joshua, 35, have worked for several chain restaurants and started their own business 10 years ago. They owned three pizzerias but have since sold them. In April 2010, they opened Tuscan Slice in Waxahachie. The opened a second location in Greenville in February 2013, followed by one in Sherman in September.
Jonathan said Tyler has a good demographic and seems to be thriving.
"We love the town itself," he said of why they chose to open a Tuscan Slice here. "We thought it would be a good, safe bet."
They merged all of the ideas and things they learned in their years working in restaurants and cut out all that they didn't like when coming up with the concept, Jonathan said. Because they are family men, they are big on creating a family-friendly concept that also appeals to foodies, he said.
They focus on high-quality proteins that are all wood-fired and people can see the flames cooking the food. They offer pizzas, as well as steaks, chops, seafood, Italian classics, homemade pastas and salads. Kids can made their own pizzas.
Tuscan Slice in Tyler will seat 280 people, and the full-service restaurant will be open seven days a week. They will be hiring employees for every position.
Jonathan said they took over the former Jonny Carino's space in Sherman and decided to do the same in Tyler. He said they facility is perfect for their concept. They brought in a wood-fired pizza oven from Italy, which takes about a month to assemble. They built a concrete pizza bar and gave the place a nice, warm ambiance.
Jonathan said Tyler will be the biggest town they have opened a restaurant in and he expects it will be their busiest one. He and his brother personally train all the staff and won't leave here for two to three months, until everyone is fully trained.
IF YOU GO
Job Seekers: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day this week, apply at 1723 WSW Loop 323
Needed: Every position, including waiters, bartenders, cooks, prep cooks, dishwashers, cleaning crew