A husband and wife real estate team is now in the pizza business, but they’re content to focus on making a historic Cody building look nice inside and leaving the pizza to the established …
A husband and wife real estate team is now in the pizza business, but they’re content to focus on making a historic Cody building look nice inside and leaving the pizza to the established professionals.
Erynne and Ryan Selk of Rev Real Estate in Cody said they’re still focused on real estate, but after recently buying the building where the real estate office is in, they also purchased, along with Eric Swope, the space occupied by Pizza on the Run on the corner of Sheridan Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Cody. They’ve renamed it Tossers, complete with a new logo of a person being tossed by a bison while holding pizza and beer, above the words “Dangerously good pizza.”
Erynne added she wasn’t making light of people hurt by bison, but instead feels it might help.
“Maybe we can help create some further awareness and help travelers avoid being hurt,” Selk said.
Erynne said former owner Harold Kaiser, of Powell, approached them about buying the building after he saw how well they had renovated their real estate office.
“I know how happy he was to sell it to local people,” Ryan said.
Kaiser, who had already sold the Worland and Lovell locations, now only owns the Powell Pizza on the Run. The other establishments have had to change their names, like the one in Cody. Selk said they took suggestions as to what the name would be called before settling on Tossers.
Other than the name and the interior decorations — including a fresh coat of paint and new flooring — Erynne said little will change at the established pizza joint.
“The recipe, the pizza, the menu, it will all be the same,” she said. “That will not change.”
A lot, however, has changed at the building, which was one of the earliest in Cody. For much of Cody’s early history the building housed the Cody Trading Company, which celebrated 52 years in 1948. The store sold just about everything the town’s early residents needed, from fresh produce and clothes to cars and tractors.
After that early establishment came a bevy of businesses — 28 all told — in the different bays of the big building, noted Park County archivist Robyn Cutter, including Western Auto (1962-1963), Woolworth’s (1965-1990), Pizza on the Run (1993-present), Cody Rock Gym (1997), Copeland TV and Appliance (2003).
Cutter said she was working with the Selks on doing a program in the spring on the history of the building.
Kaiser and his half brother Tim Deroche started Pizza on the Run in 1984, initially at a trailer at their parents’ house in Cody before purchasing a downtown space later that year. In 1986 the business expanded to Powell and Worland, then the next year to Lovell and a year after to Greybull.
The Selks and Swope closed on the building Jan. 3 and quickly set to work with renovations. They also added big TVs tuned to sports as Erynne said they want to make the establishment more attractive for dine-in customers. They also serve beer and seltzers.
Selk said the goal is to make it even more welcoming of a place for locals and the restaurant will run promotions for longtime customers.
“Management here is amazing, that was a positive, and the staff here is incredible,” Erynne said. “And it’ll be the same awesome pizza everybody expects.”
The restaurant will hold a grand opening celebration this fall.
“We ourselves, were born and raised here,” Erynne said. “We love our community and we appreciate this pizza shop that Harold Kaiser started.”