The History of Klavon's Pizza
While everything about Klavon's is excellent, the pizza is the star of the show. Many say Klavon's stuffed pizza, an original take on the Chicago deep dish, rivals the greatest pizzas in the windy city -- some claim it's even better. One thing is certain: pizza lovers travel regularly from all parts of southern Michigan and beyond just to eat at Klavon's. Despite its first location being in a relatively obscure location just outside of Jackson, the restaurant did so well that Klavon's decided to open a second location to keep up with demand.
This isn't the first time owner Justin Klavon has built a successful pizza place from the ground up. At the young age of 16, Justin took a pizza delivery job at a local pizza shop in Grass Lake, MI. He quickly learned the pizza business and within a few years grasped the skills and expertise to pursue his dream. By 1998, as a young and tenacious entrepreneur, Justin was ready to set forth and open the doors to his own pizza shop. Justin Tyme Pizza was located in Clarklake and brought delicious pizza and sandwiches to the area. He used his knowledge of the pizza industry to help grow his business. His motivation and dedication to his business ultimately led to the success and expansion of Justin Tyme Pizza.
In 2001, the second Justin Tyme opened in Napoleon. Shortly following the third pizza shop opened in Grass Lake. Operating three pizza shops kept Justin on his toes. This fast-paced job excited the 22-year old, never losing focus and most importantly, never losing his attention to detail.
By 2007, all three Justin Tyme Pizza’s were sold. It seemed Justin Klavon mastered the pizza business, but he dreamt of more. He wanted to build a new business - a sit-down restaurant, an upscale sports bar, offering a new bold and better specialty pizza to the Jackson area. By early spring, Klavon’s Pizzeria and Pub had opened its doors, operating solely as take-out, delivery and limited dine in service.
When Klavon's first opened, it featured just seven tables, no booths and a half-finished bar. Within two years, it had grown to what it is today: an excellent destination restaurant that features 17 tables, 12 booths, 30 high-definition televisions, over 60 employees and a delicious “Chicago style” pizza that people will drive miles and miles to eat.
Justin built a great business, but he isn't finished. A second Klavon's in Vandercook opened its doors in June of 2014. The location is larger in size and offers a private suite called the "Upper K", double the seating capacity and an outdoor patio. It also contains a very unique piece of decor called the 'TV chandelier' that has caught the attention of everyone who sees it. Today, Klavon's has nearly 200 staff members and serves about 480,000 guests every year!
In the future, Justin plans to open a third location in Mason in 2018. He has no intentions of quitting anytime soon and hopes to eventually franchise -- but only to loyal employees. When asked how many stores he wants to open, he replies "It really depends on the people I have behind me. If I have the right people in place who want to continue moving forward.. then we will continue to open more restaurants. Its really up to my team how far we will go."