The family in front of the soon-to-open Aurelio’s Pizza. Pictured left to right: Branden Larva, Sara Stawski, Dick Stawski, Katie Stawski, John Paul Stawski, Bermie Stawski, Randi Stawski and Jerice Stawski.

A family-friendly pizza chain plans to open its doors by the end of the month in Ramsey.

Just off of Highway 10 (6415 U.S. 10 #120, Ramsey), where The Riostone Cafe used to operate will be a new Aurelio’s Pizza.

Aurelio’s is an Illinois-based pizza chain. This branch is moving from Roseville to Ramsey after more than three decades in operation by the same family, who also operated an Aurelio’s in Brooklyn Park for a decade in the 1980s and 1990s.

The family moved the restaurant from the Roseville location, which closed at the end of September, for a few reasons. For one, most of the family lives in or close to Ramsey.

Another reason is the new space will roughly double the restaurant’s seating to about 120. It will also have a full bar and patio, but the store will be divided to allow for a more family-friendly environment.

“We want the kids,” owner Sara Stawski said, explaining that one side will be geared more

toward families, and the other side with the bar will be blocked off “so people don’t feel like they are bringing their kids to a bar.”

A soft opening is expected near the end of November with a grand opening expected later. The majority of the work left to finish is installing the bar.

The family also intends to deliver and cater, but that plan will likely not be implemented until after the grand opening.

The former space in Roseville was owned by Sara’s grandparents for three decades before her father, Randy, bought and remodeled it. It originally had five generations working together in the restaurant.

“It’s actually been fun working together,” Sara said.

Aurelio’s started as a small pizzeria in Homewood, Illinois, owned by Joe Aurelio. Since then it has expanded to over 40 locations in six states.

The Ramsey location will be open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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