SPRING HILL - Rich Bondanza will soon find out if the west side of Spring Hill is ready for his hot and ready pizzas.
Bondanza and his wife Sherra are eyeing a Dec. 21 opening for their second Hernando County Little Caesars location, this one at 1470 Pinehurst Drive, in the Hernando West Plaza. That shopping center, one of the oldest in Spring Hill, is anchored by Publix and fronts U.S. 19.
Bondanza said he is taking over the plaza slot formerly occupied by Westshore Pizza and, before that, Beef 'O'Brady's.
He said the new restaurant is about six miles from his other site, at 11066 Spring Hill Drive, at Mariner Boulevard, so it won't be a competition problem.
Bondanza said he took over that Mariner restaurant and installed a new state-of-the-art oven to increase the quality of the former franchise.
His newest location at Pinehurst also will have the same equipment and will also feature the new "Hot-N-Ready" promotion, which provides 14-inch pepperoni pizzas right out of the oven for $5.
That promotion has proven to be popular with patrons nationwide, he said.
Bondanza plans to hire 20 people at the Pinehurst site and he needs "shaker board" employees to hold signs outside the restaurant.
He said that area of Spring Hill is underserved by take-out pizza options.
"There are so many houses back there behind us and a lot of traffic that intersects there, and this will give them an opportunity," he said.
Bondanza said he supports four local Little League teams and a soccer team and has donated $800 to $1,000 to the West Hernando Little League.
While the tentative opening date is Dec. 21, it could be a few days before or after, he said.
The Bondanzas also own and operate three restaurants in Pasco County and one in Valdosta, Ga.
The only other Little Caesars location in Hernando County is at 6216 Commercial Way, at Weeki Wachee Village Shopping Center.